Premiership coach Hardwick signs on with Richmond

AFL Nation - Tue, 6th Mar 2018 - 0 Comments

Damien Hardwick has signed a new contract with the Richmond Football Club.

The club, led by President Peggy O’Neal and CEO Brendon Gale, announced today that Hardwick has put pen to a three-year extension which will keep him at Punt Road until 2021.

The deal will make the man affectionately known as ‘Dimma’ the longest-serving Richmond coach, taking his stay at Tigerland to 12 years.

Last year, Hardwick guided Richmond to its first premiership in 37 years.

Hardwick, who was appointed as Tigers coach in 2009, told the club’s official website: “I’m incredibly honoured to continue coaching the Richmond Football Club, and have the support of Peggy, Brendon and the Board.

“It’s a collective effort that helps deliver success, and I’m fortunate at Richmond to have a great group of players, coaches and staff all working together towards our goal.

“It’s been an exciting journey thus far at Richmond, and both myself, the coaches and players are eager for the challenge that awaits this season.”

Hardwick, 45, had been contracted with the Yellow and Black until the end of 2018 but will now stay on with the club with whom he won the 2017 AFLCA’s Coach of the Year award.

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