Dustin Martin is ‘a very large chance’ of QUITTING Richmond this season – as triple premiership hero keeps getting connected to a megabucks switch to Sydney
- AFL superstar Dustin Martin could join the Swans next year, according to reports
- 31-year-old has played his entire career with Richmond, made his debut in 2010
- Lining up in forward pocket next to Buddy Franklin would be a promoter’s dream
The triple-premiership winner with Richmond, 31, spent time as a youngster in Sydney’s west, and often is spotted enjoying down time in the Harbour City.
A potential move to the Swans to play in the forward line alongside fellow Buddy Franklin would see memberships ‘sell themselves’ in the eyes of one leading journalist.
‘As we sit here right now, there’s a very large chance that Dustin Martin won’t be playing at Richmond next year,’ Nine’s Sam McClure said on 3AW’s Sportsday.
‘Sydney keep getting mentioned. He’s had a love of Sydney, Ralph Carr (his manager) has been on the record saying that. So if he wanted to go to Sydney, Sydney would move heaven and earth to make it happen.’
AFL superstar Dustin Martin has been rated a good chance of joining the Sydney Swans at the end of 2022 in a bombshell career move
A move to the Harbour City would see Martin line up with fellow superstar Buddy Franklin for the Sydney Swans (pictured with wife Jesinta)
Speculation also continues to mount after Tigers coach Damien Hardwick recently stated if Martin wanted to leave Punt Rd, the champion midfielder – who won the coveted Brownlow Medal in 2017 – would do so with his personal blessing.
The club granted Martin personal leave earlier this year to ‘take his time to figure out what he needs to move forward.’
It followed the sudden death of his father Shane Martin in New Zealand last December aged just 54.
Martin made his debut for Richmond in 2010 and remains under contract until 2024.
He will earn a reported $2.6million over the next two seasons, which would be a stumbling block for the Swans or Greater Western Sydney to prise him away from the last two years of his contract with Richmond.
Martin made his debut for Richmond in round one of 2010 and remains under contract at Punt Rd until 2024
In better news for Tigers fans, they have risen up the ladder into the top eight following a slow start to the year.
This Saturday they travel to the Gold Coast to take on the Suns at Metricon Stadium.
Martin is not expected to play after tweaking his hamstring last start versus West Coast at the MCG.
He was a class above early on against the resurgent Eagles, with 17 disposals, eight score involvements and a well taken goal his standout moments.