Three clubs made roster changes as the AFL season winds down. Geelong delisted three and Adelaide is facing a trade situation with Shane McAdam. For Brisbane stalwart Daniel Rich, this season will be the last.
Daniel Rich, 33, was drafted in 2008 and soon established himself as an excellent defender. Rich has spent the latter part of the season in the VFL after battling injuries. Ahead of the finals, he has played 375 games but is under no illusion he will be selected. In making the announcement he said, “It’s been a pretty crazy journey with plenty of ups and downs, I have met so many amazing people and close friends ... and I love this Club.
I am proud to call myself a one club player and I am proud that I have been a small part in turning things around over the recent years at the Lions. It’s been a frustrating year that’s for sure, but it is what it is and all I can do is be the best teammate and person I can be to make the group and Club better in any way possible. There’s still plenty of time to go in this season, so I will work hard and be ready if needed, but if not, I will do my bit to support the boys and to be part of the story whether I am out there or not because this club means so much to me ... ".“I would love to stay involved with the Club and continue to grow the Lions both on and off the field. It’s easy to do something you love and have a passion for.”
Brisbane Lions CEO, Greg Swann, paid tribute to Rich, " ... when people think of the Brisbane Lions, Daniel Rich is one of the main players they think of and that’s one of the best compliments you could have. Richy has had a career most players would envy, and he has given so much to the Brisbane Lions Football Club both on and off the field ...". Lions General Manager Football, Danny Daly, echoed Swann’s comments and further praised Rich, “It’s near impossible to find the words that give Richy the credit he deserves for what he has achieved individually and for what he has given to this Club, Richy is one of the most loyal people you will meet, he genuinely cares for those around him, and he is someone you can always share a laugh with ... ".
Ron Evans Medal: 2009 (Rising Star)
AFLPA Best First Year Player 2009
Preseason premiership 2013
Michael Tuck Medal: 2013 best on ground in preseason premiership
Geelong has delisted Sam Simpson, Cooper Whyte, and Osca Riccardi. Simpson debuted in 2017 and played 29 games. Whyte was drafted in 2021 and played one game early in the season. Riccardi, the son of former champ Peter, was a father-son selection but never played a senior game. He played 13 games in the VFL. Esava Ratugolea has requested a trade to Port Adelaide. The key defender requested a trade last year but the Cats held him to his contract. He played 16 games in 2023 for a total of 75.
Adelaide small forward Shane McAdam has quit the Crows and has requested a trade to Melbourne. McAdam, 28, is out of contract and rejected a two year deal, one short of what he wants. However, it is not only contract issues according to reports out of SA. McAdam has had differences with the fitness staff over what's best him. He suffered both a thigh injury and fractured cheekbone in 2023. McAdam played 50 games and kicked 72 goals for the Crows since making his debut in 2020. He is the brother of Collingwood forward Ash Johnson.
Source: lions.com.au, AFL Record Season Guide, geelongcats.com.au, afl.com.au
Article last changed on Sunday, September 24, 2023 - 3:35 PM EDT