“It’s a constant thing – this is bad analogy but I am going to use it anyway – it’s like being an alcoholic and constantly working at [bottle shop] Dan Murphy’s.
“I know that if I go back to playing for Richmond I am going to love it so much and it is going to consume my life and my balance is going to go out again so I am happy where I am at.”
Rance has just released his third children’s book, called Monkey’s Tail. He said he was an “arty” kid at school and that he has always written journals, some of which he shared with his friends and family. His authoring of three children’s books was an extension of that, he said.
The book is about trying to reconnect with oneself after suffering an injury. Rance missed Richmond’s second premiership in three years after suffering an ACL injury in round one last year.
“The thing that I want to come through out of this book is constantly be introspective … I feel like I do have a lot more clarity now. I have got a lot more time.
“Football, to be great at it, it is very selfish and … it needs to take over your life.”
The book even features two premiership teammates David Astbury and Dylan Grimes as animal characters, Rance said.