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Player Review: Daniel Rich

Player Review: Rich Daniel Rich spent most of the season down back and was still dangerous with his lethal left boot.

In 2017, Daniel Rich returned to the form that made him a fan favourite when he first arrived in Brisbane. Rich’s famous penetrating left boot was back to its lethal best, paired with a second-highest career average disposal rate. Rich played all 22 games for the Lions this year and coaching staff agreed it was amongst the best football in his nine seasons.


Games: 22

Disposals per game: 21.3

Tackles per game: 1.6

Marks per game: 3.7

Kicks per game: 14.6

Total goals: 8

Coaches’ Comment, Murray Davis, Backline Coach

"Daniel’s season went from strength to strength. Playing all 22 games he played his most consistent season across half-back. He led a number of our key indicators in Inside 50’s, Handball Receives and Score Involvements."

"Most pleasingly his work rate to get back and support his fellow defenders was evident as he often led the way in winning the ground balls inside our defensive 50.

"He’s such a penetrating kick and his ability to break the game open or kick goals from outside 50 became a real weapon for Richy in season 2017."

In their own words:

"When we spoke to 'Fages' earlier in the year before the season started, we spoke about having my best footy ahead of me and that's still the goal."

"I feel like I've got a lot of growth in me.

"The team’s playing better, it coincides with me being a bit more consistent and playing better footy."

  • Daniel Rich speaking to media in August

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The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs