Richmond coach Damien Hardwick is set to sign a contract extension with the Tigers in early 2016.
The new deal is expected to be ratified by the Richmond board before round one in March next year.
Tigers president Peggy O'Neal told Fairfax Media she expected discussions on Hardwick's contract would begin on February 15 at the club's first boarding meeting for 2016.
I'd have no issue with us signing him up for another year or 2. Wouldn't go longer than that though as even if we finish first for the next 2 years, if we don't win a final he's gonna have to go
Although I agree with you. It's unfair that the finals loses are pinned on Dimma. It's the playing group that are choking and you cannot say Dimma hasn't tried (he has brought in a number of new recruits each year since the 2013 Elimination Final just to help them get over the top).
Honestly, the players looked spooked this year once North Melbourne started to charge back into the game and they started making simple mistakes and playing defensively. That was the reason they lost - it was psychological and I assume one of the big reasons Scott rested the players (to play mind games and give Richmond, from 5th place with a big win the prior week, more to lose - I honestly believe Scott had no doubts as to whether it would be successful).
The first loss to Carlton was hard and saw them eliminated from their first final since 2001 in the most embarrassing fashion imaginable. Secondly, although the loss to a Port Adelaide outfit which was shockingly out-of-form going into the game was nothing to ponder, the fact that they had lost by quarter-time only exacerbated their finals nerves (remember that these players are still inexperienced in finals games). Finally, against the Roos, many expected the Kangas to lose - and esp. after resting it seemed that the Kangas had more to lose. This caused them to be underestimated even though their 8th place finish was in fact the result of a tough home-and-away fixture.
It's only going to get harder from here. My advice... if they want to go to the next level, it's imperative they finish in the top 4. If they don't, I cannot see these players' maintaining their composure. I did not watch the Carlton game, however I saw the Port & Kangas games and noticed that once the players start feeling pressure, a lot of the Richmond players become frustrated and seem more focused on physically attacking the opposition players rather than following Dimma's gameplan (I would say this is Rance's one weakness - Vickery can be another offender but was quite calm against the Roos). They need to get the confidence of a top 4 finish, and they need to possess the knowledge that they have a 2nd game and are not facing sudden death (the team is horrible under pressure during finals... yet fantastic under pressure during the home and away season).
I have to say, they have the talent and structure to be premiership contenders. It's all psychological at this point
Townsend is a fantastic pick-up and should mitigate the problem players (those that start fights when frustrated). Now Townsend can do the fighting (in a strategic and legitimate manner) and players like Rance, Dusty, Vickery etc. can focus on just playing the game.