Tigers inspired by Higgins' AFL comeback

Ed Jackson
Richmond youngster Jack Higgins has made a return to training with the AFL premiers

Richmond dual premiership player Kane Lambert says young forward Jack Higgins has learned who his close friends are following his health woes in 2019.

The 20-year-old is back training with the Tigers after twice undergoing surgery last year following a brain bleed that originally sidelined him from any form of football in July.

Lambert says there's no doubt the ordeal has been a life-changing experience for his young AFL teammate.

"He's a kid who had the world at his feet and just unfortunately had a brain injury that was no fault of his own and his world flips around," Lambert said.

"That's great perspective.

"He's learned a lot from the experience and he's learnt who his close mates are, where his supports are and he's got a long road ahead but we're all here behind him."

No date has been set for Higgins' playing return, though it is hoped he'll be back on the field in 2020.

The small forward has been taking part in contact sessions during the Tigers' pre-season camp on the Gold Coast this week, donning black headgear.

Lambert said Higgins' return had been a highlight of the premiers' 2020 preparations.

"It's great to have Higgo back just around the group," Lambert said.

"He's integrated back into some contact training as well.

"He's a great vibrant character and brings a lot of energy."

The TIgers suffered a blow on the final training run of their Gold Coast camp, with Kamdyn McIntosh sustaining a lower-leg injury.

McIntosh will be sent for scans to determine the extent of the injury, which occurred in a tackle during Thursday's session.

The 25-year-old's setback comes after his missed last year's grand final win when he lost his place in the senior team late in the season.