Flexibility key going forward, says Hardwick
THE days of the stay-at-home full-forward booting more than 100 goals a season are over.
Responding to criticism from Tiger fans that Jack Riewoldt (pictured) should spend less time outside the 50m arc and more time in the goal square, Richmond coach Damien Hardwick showed he was losing patience with the continuing questions about the situation.
"I tell you what I'll do. I'll name him full forward in the paper so it makes everyone happy," Hardwick told reporters ahead of tonight's blockbuster against Collingwood at the MCG.
"Unfortunately these days the way the game's played there's six forwards. Where those guys fall is generally where they are. We don't chain them to the goalsquare any more."
The Tigers will again be without midfield star Brett Deledio who is battling a sore Achilles. Deledio played 140 games in succession, the most of anyone playing today, before missing last week's two-point loss to the Western Bulldogs.
Hardwick acknowledged Deledio had been managing the problem for the past two seasons, and could be sidelined for another four weeeks.
The form of key Magpie forward Travis Cloke has also been in the spotlight, with the club's three-time leading goalkicker booting just two goals this season.
Small forward Jamie Elliott, who booted five goals against Geelong last week, said Cloke needed more help from the other Magpie forwards, and also better delivery from the midfield.