Jack eyes Tassie run

Jack says he’d wear the map

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RICHMOND star Jack Riewoldt says there is only one thing that would get him to leave Tiger­land.

The Tigers’ two-time premier­ship player said he would love to play for a Tas­ma­nian AFL team.

Riewoldt is spend­ing time in Tas­ma­nia be­fore Richmond’s pre-sea­son starts and the gun for­ward said he is hope­ful Tassie will have a team in the AFL be­fore he re­tires.

RICHMOND star Jack Riewoldt says there is only one thing that would get him to leave Tiger­land.

The Tigers’ two-time premier­ship player said he would love to play for a Tas­ma­nian AFL team.

Riewoldt is spend­ing time in Tas­ma­nia be­fore Richmond’s pre-sea­son starts, and the gun for­ward said he is hope­ful Tassie will have a team in the AFL be­fore he re­tires.

“What­ever will be will be with the time frame, but in my eyes it’s in­evitable that it will hap­pen,” Riewoldt said.

“Whether I have some in­volve­ment as a player or in a men­tor­ing role, I’d love to wear the map again.

“When that time comes they would have my full sup­port.

“I love play­ing for Richmond and I don’t think I’d leave Richmond for any­thing else but maybe com­ing home and sup­port­ing my state.”

Riewoldt said foot­ball in Tas­ma­nia is start­ing to make moves in the right di­rec­tion, and he threw his sup­port be­hind the ap­point­ment of former North Mel­bourne footy boss Cameron Joyce as the new Devils coach.

“The push at the mo­ment to get that AFL side is defini­tively build­ing mo­men­tum,” he said.

“Where I see it is we are in a re­ally strong tran­si­tion phase at the mo­ment with Cameron Joyce com­ing on as the new Devils coach, I think that is a re­ally strong move.

“Mar­cus Ashcroft was on the flight down when I was com­ing down as well.

“To see those types of peo­ple com­ing down and in­vest­ing time into Tas­ma­nian footy is a good thing.”

The three-time Cole­man Medal­list is en­joy­ing his time in his home state.

“I love com­ing home to Tassie, my wife and I are from Bel­lerive and now we have a young daugh­ter so it’s great to bring her back to see friends and fam­ily,” Riewoldt said.

“We get about eight weeks’ hol­i­day so I usu­ally come down for two weeks around now and at Christ­mas as well.

“Com­ing back here and just be­ing around Sala­manca and Bel­lerive Oval brings up some great mem­o­ries of home.”

Riewoldt will be a spe­cial guest at the Aus­tralian Driv­ers’ Cham­pi­onship Har­ness Rac­ing event tonight at El­wick where he will com­pete in a dou­ble-seater sulky race and sign au­to­graphs for fans.

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