Richmond coach Damien Hardwick is being tight-lipped on Dustin Martin’s shock first look on the AFL membership in additional than a month.
Richmond slumped to 2-4 on Sunday night time after shedding to rampant reigning premiers Melbourne by 22 factors on the MCG.
After weeks of hypothesis, the three-time Norm Smith medallist was again at Punt Road on Saturday morning.
It is the primary time one of many AFL’s finest gamers has educated with Richmond since he performed within the opening spherical defeat in opposition to Carlton on 17 March.
It stays unclear when Martin is likely to be able to play once more and Hardwick offered little perception when requested about his matchwinner after the sport in opposition to the Demons.
The three-time premiership coach was requested 4 questions on Martin, providing a complete of simply 21 phrases in response.
“It was good, nice to see him,” Hardwick stated. “Once we know, you’ll know.”
Martin stepped away from soccer for an indefinite interval to take care of private points and hung out in Sydney.
The 30-year-old midfielder is grieving the lack of his father Shane, who died final December, and he has additionally returned from a lacerated kidney in spherical 18 final season that ended his season prematurely.
The 2017 Brownlow medallist and three-time Norm Smith medallist is considered one of Richmond’s most vital gamers they usually have clearly have missed him this season.
The Tigers haven’t put any timeframe on Martin’s return, however prime membership official Neil Balme stated earlier this month it was “just a matter of when”.
Earlier this week, Hardwick was hopeful about his No 1 star participant.
“We’re reluctant to provide a running commentary but what we do know is he’s in a better space,” Hardwick stated. “When we know more we certainly will give you guys more information but at this stage it’s the same as it has been.”
The Tigers have simply 5 days to reply earlier than going through struggling West Coast at Optus Stadium on Friday night time.