Richmond forward Daniel Rioli is out of contract at season’s end, but wants to remain a Tiger and play alongside cousin Maurice Rioli Jr over the coming years.
The premiership Tiger wants to pen a long-term extension, with Richmond and his manager already in talks over a new deal.
“I am keen to get (the contract) done. Whenever it is, I can’t wait to hopefully get it signed but I leave that to my manager to get it sorted out,” Rioli told the Herald Sun.
“Especially with young Maurice coming through, I want to be there for young Maurice. He is at Scotch College at the moment and he comes into the club every now and then.
“He’s going to be a special player and in a couple of years times hopefully he is on the list.
“I used to go to boarding school at Ballarat and would visit Cyril.
“Now Maurice visits me and to have me supporting him so he’s not missing home as much, you need that support base.”
Rioli Jr is eligible for the 2020 national draft, and will qualify as a father-son selection for Richmond after father Maurice played 118 games for the club.
The youngster could also play for Fremantle given his father’s 168-game career for South Fremantle, but has already decided on joining cousin Daniel at Tigerland.
Rioli will look to move further up the ground this season as Richmond try to build on a disappointing end to the 2018 campaign, and is set for more time in the midfield than ever before.
“I have been training with the midfield and learning the roles so when I get a chance to go into the midfield I know where to set up,” he said.
“I can play full time in the forward line but when they do want me I know my way around.
“In the gym I am lifting heavier (weights), trying to get the frame a bit bigger so I can handle the bigger bodies in the competition.”