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TV star Alex Rance to shine on and off the field

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 12: Alex Rance of the Tigers in action during the 2016 AFL Round 12 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Gold Coast Suns at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 12, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Alex Rance will take on new TV presenting roles in 2017

RICHMOND defender Alex Rance is positioning himself as a next-generation television star, signing on as a travel show presenter.

Rance has inked a deal with Channel Nine to present stories on Sunday evening lifestyle show Postcards as well as his own new segment on The Footy Show.

The 27-year-old, who almost quit footy around the time of his last contract negotiations in 2015, will now see his profile extend well beyond the field.

But Rance fans might occasionally have to weigh up where to watch him, with the Victorian lifestyle show airing directly against the last quarter of Sunday afternoon football at 5.30pm.

"I'm excited about joining both Postcards and The Footy Show this year. I am looking forward to showing people my creative side and having a lot of laughs," Rance said.

Rance is developing into a proven media performer. Last year he starred on AFL.com.au's AFL Exchange podcast and a segment with Sam Newman on The Footy Show was widely seen as one of the highlights of the long-running program's year. 

"Every now and then a player stands out from the crowd and we think Alex does that, and he’s a natural on screen,” said Nine programming executive Tim Cleary. 

Rance has three seasons remaining on his contract with Richmond.