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Tigers return and they're 'hungrier than ever'

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New Tiger Jack Higgins in action on first day at the club - AFL,Richmond Tigers,Dan Butler
New Tiger Jack Higgins in action on first day at the club
It was such a great experience and I know all of us will want to experience it again
Dan Butler

RICHMOND'S premiership triumph will make the Tigers hungrier than ever in 2018, according to forward Dan Butler, with the players already addressing their desire to go back-to-back next season.

The Tigers' first-to-fourth-year players returned to training on Monday alongside the club's new draftees, with Dustin Martin and Jack Riewoldt already spotted at Punt Road Oval to start their preparations for next season.  

While the Western Bulldogs were unable to recreate the formula that took them to the 2016 premiership, the Tigers haven't wasted any time in addressing their determination to back up in 2018.

"We spoke about it before. We're like every other club. We're trying to do the same thing next year and we're going to be hungrier than ever to get that feeling again," Butler said.

"It was such a great experience and I know all of us will want to experience it again."

Butler watched the 2017 Grand Final a couple of weeks after accepting his premiership medal and said the team's achievement still hadn't sunk in.

The off-season has included a trip to Hong Kong as a team, but also the individual programs all players are now given to make sure they return ready for pre-season training.

"The few weeks following the Grand Final was a really special time we all got to share together," Butler said. 

"We enjoyed the first two or three weeks and we went to Hong Kong for our footy trip, which was great as a group and we had a really good time over there.

"We all had our individual programs that we had to get stuck into soon after we got back, so there wasn't too much time for partying and we're back into it now."

Butler, who made his debut in round one of 2017, said his goal for next year was to win more of the ball and build on his breakout season.

"If they want to move me to a wing or into the midfield I'd be open to that," the 21-year-old said.

"But I'm pretty happy with the forward line role, I think we've got a really good bunch of blokes down there and a lot of midfielders."

Entering his fourth season, Butler met the Tigers' new draftees, including small forward Jack Higgins, who shapes as a bargain pick for the club at selection No.17. 

Butler said he looked forward to playing alongside the 178cm Oakleigh product, who joins an extensive list of small forwards at the club. 

"It'll be good to teach him and if we can learn a few things from him that'd be great," Butler said.

"Obviously he's been such a good player in the under-18s and we're just looking forward to having him onboard and seeing what he can provide."