Richmond have signed a basketballer who will become the tallest AFL player if he debuts for the Tigers.
Mate Colina, the cousin of emerging Richmond defender Noah Balta, has been snapped by the reigning premiers as a Category B rookie.
Standing at 213 centimetres, Colina is even taller than Collingwood's Mason Cox and former Fremantle ruckman Aaron Sandilands (both 211 cm).
The 21-year-old Colina will finish off his college basketball career with the University of Hawaii before joining Richmond in March.
Colina sees himself as a multi-pronged threat once he arrives at Punt Rd, not just a ruckman.
"I think I will have the ability to both follow the ball in the ruck or be forward, and really provide a presence that can mark the ball," he said.
"Noah is like a brother to me who has immense character and is like a best mate that you couldn't ask for."
Not only is the former under-17 Australian basketballer related to Balta, he has a close relationship with Tigers ruckman Ivan Soldo and ruck coach Ivan Maric.
Richmond are excited Colina his aerobic capacity, not just his record-breaking height.
Colina recently trained with Tigers premiership hero Shane Edwards in Melbourne while Richmond talent boss Blair Hartley and club supremo Neil Balme watched on.
"Mate is already a highly-professional and diligent athlete, so we feel he is well placed to take on the challenge of becoming an AFL player," Hartley said.