Tigers Shouldn’t Trade Vickery

Tyrone Vickery In The Ruck

With another disappointing season done and dusted, Tyrone Vickery’s future at the Tigers is yet again uncertain.

The heavily criticised forward had been dropped from the side, a number of times during the season and finished the year off in the VFL, after ordinary form.

His replacement in Liam Mcbean who could not have possibly been doing anymore in the VFL over the past four years, made the most of his chance and kicked a goal and looked impressive in only his third AFL game since arriving at Punt road in 2013 and continued to show some light in the weeks after that.

To make matters worse for Vickery, his golakicking tally in the VFL was less than impressive and as a result it is doubtful if the Tigers were to look for a trade, will receive a quality pick or player rom an opposition club.

He has yet again kicked over 20 goals this season but its his presence and consistency in games that is the issue.

That is why I raise the question, should the Tigers let him go? I think not. The 26 year-old has kicked 158 goals from 119 games which isnt incredible figures for a tall tagert up forward. However we must remember that Vickery was not recruited as a tall forward and has rather been thrown into it out of neceity.

At the time in 2008 when he was drafted with the Tigers first round pick, number 8 overall, it was as a ruckman and not a forward. With the Tigers at the time having Mathew Richardson, who had just won his first best-and-fairest and come second in the Brownlow medal, Jay Shultz, Jack Reiwoldt, Cleave Huges and Jayden Post as the forward options at the club.

Vickery during the 2008 draft

Vickery looked to be the replacement for the aging Troy Simmonds as the Tigers only had Adam Pattison and Angus Graham as back up ruckman.

However as history has panned out, apart from Reiwoldt, Huges and Post are no longer at the club and its safe to say didn’t become the players Richmond hoped they’d be, Mathew Richardson only played 6 more games after 2008 and Shultz would be delisted the following year and lead Port Adelaide’s goal kicking four times.

Now Richmond have one of the best forward in the game in Reiwoldt and Mcbean a talented player who has retained has spot. Ben Griffiths is another who has shown talent earlier this year when he kicked 5 goals against Sydney and 3 goals against Essendon, that has now been selected ahead of Vickery the past two weeks.

Vickery celebrating after kicking a goal

For the moment it looking as if the Hardwick wants to keep Vickery around the club and has even stated that he is an important member of the team. However, if Richmond are to make a play for some quality picks or players during the trade period, then they will need to give something up as well.

The Tigers have struggled in the ruck this year with Ivan Maric looking done and dusted and Shaun Hampson being the only real other option.

However, despite Hampson having his best season for the Tigers to date, it does not necessarily mean he has dominated as the Tigers ruck stocks have been running thin.

Before Richmond consider trading off the much mangled forward, maybe its time to play him in the position he impressed so many in when he was first brought to the club as he could be the answer the Tigers lack of ruck options and as a result rejuvenate Vickery’s career.

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