Jack backs Hardwick amid relationship break-up

RICHMOND mentor Damien Hardwick has used his initially day again at Punt Highway to tackle his relationship with a club staffer in front of the Tigers playing team.

As the Tigers returned to pre-season education on Monday, all emphasis was on the three-time premiership mentor, who just lately verified he had split with spouse Danielle past calendar year. He is now in a marriage with a member of the club’s administration.

Star forward Jack Riewoldt fronted the media in advance of the Tigers’ very first entire team instruction session considering that their premiership win around Geelong past Oct and admitted his shock at the break-up.

But the Tigers’ vice-captain mentioned that Hardwick experienced confronted the challenge with the workforce and that the concentrate on his coach would have no impact on the Tigers’ quest for 3 straight flags in 2021.

“I you should not imagine it is going to have any influence, genuinely. Damien’s a excellent plenty of character to independent his individual lifetime and his skilled everyday living and he is demonstrated more than the last four years he’s been arguably the greatest coach in the land and he’ll continue to assist us and we’ll carry on to guidance him above the following period of time of time,” Riewoldt explained.

“It really is tough to say early on, we’re back again into it, he appeared really potent, so we are psyched to get out and teach.

“‘Dimma’ tackled it now this morning and it is really small business as usual for us. A sign of a excellent club and a fantastic tradition is that we can individual the private facet of items and also get back again to perform. We realize we’ve bought a position to do and that starts today back again at pre-period working day a single.”

Jack Riewoldt and Damien Hardwick embrace right after Richmond’s premiership win over Geelong in 2020. Image: AFL Images

Riewoldt claimed he was surprised when he learned of Hardwick’s relationship being above.

“I suppose it does, you in no way forecast anything like this. But these items take place in people’s lives and we just go on,” he said.

“It really is definitely unfortunate that Dimma and Danielle’s marriage has come to an conclusion for the reason that Dimma’s naturally been a massive aspect of our football club but the total Hardwick loved ones has been a significant help community for us and they’re going to proceed to be a assist network as we will for them as very well.

“You by no means like to see a thing like a relationship breakdown and an finish but it happens in everyday living and we transfer on and we go on to support the folks.”

Meanwhile the club will welcome back again troubled Tiger Sydney Stack, who spent most of his stint back in Perth guiding bars following allegedly breaking demanding COVID-19 quarantine guidelines in Western Australia.

Riewoldt mentioned the club would aid the 20-12 months-old as a result of his difficulties and was hunting forward to him having again to Victoria.

“It is really been hard for the club to be in touch with him because he’s been in jail for the holiday break period. It is disappointing as a senior participant when somebody finds themself in problems, but when we engaged Sydney to occur to our soccer club we weren’t less than an illusion that he was likely to appear in and it was going to be a definitely sleek changeover,” Riewoldt mentioned.

“We predicted that we have been going to have some modest troubles with him. When you get on a youthful man like Sydney, who wasn’t and hasn’t been afforded a whole lot of the luxuries that a ton of Australian little ones mature up with, you know it’s going to be a project.

“So we’re not heading to give up on Sydney Stack. He is a young guy that has bought a good deal of troubles, he has a good deal of potential, but most importantly now we set the football facet of things to just one facet and we basically want to go on to increase him as a youthful person since he’s got some amazing attributes.”

The Tigers are unclear when Stack, who has performed 26 games for the Tigers in two seasons, will be in a position to return to the club to teach. 

His off-industry issues past yr also integrated being banned for 10 online games and despatched house from the club’s Queensland hub after he and teammate Callum Coleman-Jones broke COVID-19 guidelines and were associated in an altercation on the Gold Coast night time strip.