Stars Cotchin, Riewoldt extend AFL careers

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Former Richmond captain Trent Cotchin has shelved retirement plans and will extend his decorated AFL career next season.

Key forward Jack Riewoldt also confirmed on Tuesday night he would keep playing next year.

Cotchin, the 2012 Brownlow medallist, initially thought this year would be his last in AFL ranks, but he has signed a one-year contract extension.

"The plan probably was not initially to go again," Cotchin told his club's website on Tuesday.

"But I think that changed for a number of reasons. One, my body, and also that you are a long time retired, I had that nagging away in the back of my head.

"Something that really came to fruition this year as well was the joy it brought my kids.

"Having that additional purpose of not just trying my best for me and for our team but also playing and really enjoying the journey of AFL footy and the Richmond Tigers (with them)."

The 32-year-old is a triple premiership skipper but stood down from the captaincy this season when he performed strongly, averaging 22.7 disposals a game.

"As you get closer to the end of your career, you don't know when it is going to come," he said.

"But I feel as though I contributed from a football point of view relatively well for the majority of the season."

If Cotchin plays at least 13 matches in 2023 he will become the sixth member of Richmond's 300-game club.

The club has already lost three multiple premiership winners to retirement this year - Shane Edwards, Kane Lambert and Josh Caddy.

Riewoldt, also a triple premiership player, confirmed on Tuesday night that he would also keep playing.

"I'm not playing for any sort of financial gain, really, I'm playing to hopefully win another premiership," he told AFL360.

"I'm just an old codger who's got to the end of his career and I'm just going to roll around again."

"One thing I'm really proud of is there was no sort of quick decision, it was actually made together."

Riewoldt has played 326 games for the Tigers and is a three-time All Australian, as well as a three-time Coleman Medallist.