Jack backs Hardwick amid relationship split-up

RICHMOND mentor Damien Hardwick has made use of his first day back again at Punt Street to address his marriage with a club staffer in front of the Tigers enjoying group.

As the Tigers returned to pre-season coaching on Monday, all aim was on the 3-time premiership mentor, who not long ago verified he had break up with spouse Danielle past 12 months. He is now in a romantic relationship with a member of the club’s administration.

Star ahead Jack Riewoldt fronted the media forward of the Tigers’ to start with entire group schooling session given that their premiership win about Geelong very last October and admitted his shock at the break-up.

But the Tigers’ vice-captain claimed that Hardwick experienced confronted the situation with the crew and that the concentrate on his coach would have no affect on the Tigers’ quest for a few straight flags in 2021.

“I don’t feel it is likely to have any impact, actually. Damien’s a excellent plenty of character to independent his own lifetime and his qualified lifestyle and he is demonstrated around the final four yrs he is been arguably the very best mentor in the land and he’ll carry on to assist us and we will go on to guidance him more than the subsequent period of time,” Riewoldt stated.

“It is tough to say early on, we’re again into it, he appeared genuinely robust, so we are enthusiastic to get out and educate.

“‘Dimma’ dealt with it previously this morning and it is business as usual for us. A sign of a good club and a very good society is that we can individual the individual facet of matters and also get back to do the job. We have an understanding of we’ve got a career to do and that starts off right now back again at pre-time day one.”

Jack Riewoldt and Damien Hardwick embrace right after Richmond’s premiership gain about Geelong in 2020. Image: AFL Photos

Riewoldt said he was shocked when he realized of Hardwick’s relationship being around.

“I suppose it does, you never ever forecast something like this. But these items happen in people’s lives and we just move on,” he mentioned.

“It can be certainly unhappy that Dimma and Danielle’s marriage has come to an conclude since Dimma’s of course been a massive aspect of our football club but the total Hardwick spouse and children has been a large assistance network for us and they are going to carry on to be a help network as we will for them as perfectly.

“You never ever like to see some thing like a marriage breakdown and an end but it transpires in everyday living and we move on and we go on to support the people today.”

Meanwhile the club will welcome again troubled Tiger Sydney Stack, who invested most of his stint back again in Perth at the rear of bars just after allegedly breaking rigid COVID-19 quarantine guidelines in Western Australia.

Riewoldt explained the club would assistance the 20-year-aged by way of his problems and was seeking ahead to him having back again to Victoria.

“It’s been hard for the club to be in touch with him because he’s been in jail for the holiday time period. It is disappointing as a senior player when someone finds themself in trouble, but when we engaged Sydney to occur to our football club we were not beneath an illusion that he was likely to appear in and it was heading to be a really sleek changeover,” Riewoldt said.

“We anticipated that we were being likely to have some small concerns with him. When you acquire on a young man like Sydney, who was not and has not been afforded a large amount of the luxuries that a whole lot of Australian small children expand up with, you know it really is heading to be a undertaking.

“So we are not heading to give up on Sydney Stack. He is a younger guy that has acquired a whole lot of problems, he has a large amount of opportunity, but most importantly now we set the football aspect of issues to 1 facet and we basically want to proceed to expand him as a young guy for the reason that he is bought some wonderful traits.”

The Tigers are unclear when Stack, who has performed 26 game titles for the Tigers in two seasons, will be able to return to the club to prepare. 

His off-industry challenges past calendar year also bundled currently being banned for 10 game titles and despatched property from the club’s Queensland hub right after he and teammate Callum Coleman-Jones broke COVID-19 procedures and have been included in an altercation on the Gold Coastline night strip.