Neil Balme commits AFL future to Richmond

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Senior club advisor Neil Balme has committed his AFL future to Richmond, rejecting another approach from rival Adelaide.

The Crows attempted to recruit Balme to oversee their football department at the end of last year and a recent media report claimed they had finally been successful in luring the respected administrator to South Australia.

But Balme released a statement on Monday night declaring he will remain at Punt Road, where he has been a key figure in the Tigers' recent period of success.

"I appreciate Adelaide Football Club reaching out for a conversation, but Richmond is where my heart is and I look forward to continuing to help strengthen the club into the future," Balme said.

Balme was an important figure in successful periods for Geelong and Collingwood before joining Richmond as general manager of football in September 2016.

The Tigers had missed the finals that year but won three of the next four premierships, with Balme playing a "godfather" role behind the scenes.

Balme last year indicated he was open to the possibility of joining Adelaide in a similar position, but cited an "unusual medical condition" in his decision to remain with Richmond.

The 69-year-old played in the Tigers' 1973-74 VFL premiership teams before embarking on a coaching career that saw him steer SANFL club Norwood to two flags in the 1980s.

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