Bulldogs legend Brad Johnson says Richmond has all the tools to secure their third premiership in four seasons in 2020.
The competition is set to return from its shutdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic on June 11, with a Thursday night blockbuster between the Tigers and Magpies looming.
Johnson believes if any club can power through the unorthodox season, it’s Richmond.
The Tigers are coming off a dominant 89-point Grand Final over GWS and impressed in their 24-point win against Carlton in Round 1.
Asked if Richmond are the “runaway premiership favourites” on SEN’s Dwayne’s World, he replied: “I think so again.
“Their structure and their talent depth pool is enormous, the way they’ve traded and drafted and got the right type of player to fill various roles within that footy club.
“If one steps out the next one that comes in is just as dangerous and we saw that on Grand Final day with Marlion Pickett.
“Their list is so stable and their footy club is extremely stable and motivated to be the best they can be, you’ve just got to look at how positive Damien Hardwick is now with the way he is talking about this season – it means something to him and he’s going to relay that to his players.
“They are going to be extremely difficult to be beat again.”