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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 14: Ben Lennon of the Tigers in action during the 2016 AFL Round 21 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 14, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Ben Lennon last appeared for the Tigers in round 21

RICHMOND forward Ben Lennon is expected to seek a trade this off-season after struggling to break into the Tigers' line-up this year.

The 21-year-old signed a two-year deal last year with the Tigers tying him to the club until the end of 2017, but AFL.com.au understands he has informed Richmond he is keen to search for more opportunities elsewhere.

Lennon managed only three games at senior level this season, with his last appearance coming in the Tigers' round 21 defeat to Geelong.

That was his first game at AFL level since round four after a range of injury issues, but he was omitted from the senior team days later after coach Damien Hardwick suggested he selected him underdone.

Lennon, who was chosen by the Tigers with pick No.12 at the 2013 NAB AFL Draft, has played 19 games in three seasons at the club, including a run of eight games in a row towards the end of last year.

However, he was dropped for the club's elimination final loss to North Melbourne in 2015 before shoulder, concussion and ankle problems interrupted his campaign this year.

The marking half-forward is an excellent user of the ball, and caught the interest of Carlton last year as he weighed up a contract offer from the Tigers.

He was linked to Carlton when the Tigers were chasing Chris Yarran, but Lennon decided to sign on with Richmond.  

The Tigers gave up pick No.19 for the speedy former Blue, who didn't play a senior game with the club in his first season at Punt Road.

Richmond looks set to have an active role in this year's exchange period, with outgoing Gold Coast midfielder Dion Prestia nominating the Tigers as his preferred new football home on Wednesday.

Forward/ruckman Tyrone Vickery remains out of contract and is a restricted free agent, while former top-10 pick Reece Conca is among a batch of Tigers also without a deal for next year.

Richmond's poor season has left it with pick No.6 ahead of November's national draft, although the selection is likely to come up in discussions when negotiating a deal for Prestia.