Riewoldt thinks Lynch partnership can go to new levels in 2020

“I suppose that’s the most exciting thing for me and the whole forward line group. We didn’t get a lot of game time together.

“We were relying on each other’s football knowledge to avoid each other. The fact we can practice a few little things and get that connection together is exciting.

“I’m looking forward to learning off him and teaching a few of our young forwards some tricks of the trade so we have another great year.”

Riewoldt said he had loved everything he has seen from Lynch throughout pre-season.

“It was touch and go whether he would play round one last year,” Riewoldt said.

“I was pretty surprised we ended up playing him and then to play every game and have the impact he did has set himself up for his second year here.

“He’s a great young talent, probably one of the best key forwards in the competition but he brings so many other things to the football club that we are so grateful to have.

“He could have another fantastic year this year.”

Riewoldt said Lynch was now even more familiar with his teammates.

“The fact he has been able to train more,” Riewoldt said.

“Last year we didn’t see him in the main group until the week of round one. He’s had an unscathed pre-season, he’s looking really fit and you can see he’s mentally fresh, ready to go and excited for what the season holds.”

Riewoldt said he wanted to play in the bushfire appeal game but doubted he would be one of Richmond’s three players.

But he thinks Dustin Martin is “really keen” to play.

“I’d love to play but I’ve got to get picked and with three players [max] from each team – I’m looking at it thinking I’ve got some pretty good players ahead of me,” Riewoldt said.

“From my conversations with him, he’s really keen to play in it and it helps having Dimma [Tigers coach Damien Hardwick] as coach I think Dusty wants to play at full forward and kick a bag of goals.

“I think all the players are all jumping out of their skins to play.”

He added he had kept in communication with recently retired full-back Alex Rance and his former teammate was very happy in retirement and was enjoying training “when he wanted to”.

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