MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 28: Alex Rance of the Tigers competes for the ball against Nick Riewoldt (R) of the Saints during the round 15 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Richmond Tigers at Etihad Stadium on June 28, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Saints great Nick Riewoldt has lifted the lid on a story involving he and Alex Rance pitching to Richmond’s head of recruitment to make him a Tiger.

The duo rang left a voice message to the Tigers recruiting team at 3am, calling from Tasmania at Jack Riewoldt’s wedding in late 2017.

“I thought fleetingly about potentially a year somewhere else,” Riewoldt told SEN’s Whateley.

“At 3am, Alex Rance and I called up Richmond’s head of recruiting and left a voicemail, I think it was a six-minute voicemail which he might still have, talking about how I should come across to Tigerland for just one year and play in the forward line with Jack (Riewoldt).

“I’d played on Rancey about a month before the end of the season and played pretty well on him. I was pleading my case and Rancey was endorsing it saying: ‘He did this when he played, and he did that. The proof and the body of work’s there – let’s get it done’.

“Then we just forgot about it the next day. I think within the first 15 seconds of the voicemail he would have realised what was happening.

“They went and got Tom Lynch, so they did a bit better there.”