TYRONE Downie will remain in the VFL, with Richmond to become the new home for this year’s Bendigo Gold leading goalkicker.
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Downie - nicknamed “Tigga” - has signed with Richmond’s VFL team, and also been given the added responsibility as a development coach.
“When I spoke to Richmond they asked me what I wanted to get out of VFL footy and the experience if I did come down,” Downie said on Friday.
“I’ve coached before (at Kangaroo Flat) and still have a bit of an interest in coaching again and they’ve also given me a development coach role with the VFL.
“That’s a great opportunity to develop my skills and to learn off coach Tim Clarke.
“Going out and getting a kick on the weekend will be my first priority, but the chance to get that coaching experience down there as well will be fantastic.”
Downie’s development coach role with the VFL team will also open the door to some opportunities with Richmond’s AFL team.
“With my role I’ll be able to watch the AFL training and get involved a little bit as well,” Downie said.
“I reckon Damien Hardwick is doing a really good job as Richmond coach, so it will be good to be able to watch how he goes about it.”
Downie won this year’s Bendigo Gold goalkicking award with 31.
Richmond finished 12th on the VFL ladder this year with a 6-11-1 record.
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