From fresh-faced teen sensation to bearded stalwart, Daniel Rich has always answered the call.
The Lions’ longest standing servant has signed a one-year extension that will see him lace-up for a 14th season with the Club in 2022.
The 30-year-old is in some of the best form of his long career and is also sharing his experience with his team-mates through his role in the Club’s leadership group.
Rich has attracted strong interest from interstate clubs throughout his tenure at the Lions but has always remained loyal and now has the chance to stamp his name high up on the leaderboard for games played for the Club.
The West Australian had a whirlwind start to his AFL career winning the Rising Star award and playing finals in his first season at the Club.
He endured some lean years in the middle of his career and is now reveling in the Lions’ return to finals action in 2019 and 2020 and inspired by the prospect of achieving ultimate success with the current group.
“This Club has been my home for a long time, and I’ve never considered going anywhere else,’’ he said.
“I love the Club, I love my teammates and I’m still as excited and proud to be a Lion as the day I walked into the place.
“I think we’ve got a great list, terrific coaching and support staff and I’m excited about what lies ahead.
“I really believe this group can achieve something special and it means a lot to me to know I have the opportunity to be a part of that.’’
Lions General Manager of Football Danny Daly said Rich was a revered figure whose loyalty to the Club and love for his team-mates was an inspiration to everyone at the Lions.
“Daniel is entering veteran status now, but his contribution has never been more important,’’ he said.
“He’s returned to the leadership group this season and the experience he brings to that role is invaluable.
“And the consistency of his performances on the field is something we know we can depend on.
“He’s an important part of our side and a key figure at our Club.’’