Tiger faith­ful sign on

Sunday Herald Sun - - Front Page -

RICH­MOND is on track to set a mem­ber­ship record in 2019 as the ranks of the Tiger Army con­tinue to swell.

The club on Fri­day hit 74,110 signed-up mem­bers for next sea­son, sig­nif­i­cantly more than the same time last year when it took un­til De­cem­ber 23 to reach the 70,000 mile­stone.

The boon comes on the back of the sign­ing of for­mer Gold Coast for­ward Tom Lynch dur­ing the AFL’s free agency pe­riod, which has helped Rich­mond be­come in­stalled as $5 premier­ship favourite TAB.

The Tigers fin­ished with an AFL-record mem­ber­ship tally of 100,726 this year, close to a 10th of the league-wide to­tal of 1,008,494 mem­bers.

Essendon is also on track to post a mem­ber­ship record, al­ready boast­ing 51,383 signedup fans — about 2000 more than at the same time last year.

Hav­ing added No.1 draft pick Sam Walsh to its squad, Carl­ton has 39,268 mem­bers as its prospects start to im­prove af­ter a wooden-spoon sea­son. with book­maker

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