VETERAN ruckman Ivan Maric will stay at Richmond after signing a new one-year deal with the club. 

There had been speculation the 30-year-old could join Collingwood in the upcoming NAB AFL Trade period as a player and then in a ruck coaching role. 

But the big man has decided to remain at Tigerland for a sixth season. 

Richmond football talent manager Dan Richardson said the club was rapt to be holding onto Maric. 

"We've been in discussions with Ivan for a number of weeks, and we're really pleased he's staying with us in 2017," Richardson told the club's website.

"Ivan is a fierce competitor and gives his all in every training session and game he plays, and his teammates thrive off that.

"He's also a great leader and positive role model, not just for his teammates, but everyone at the club, and we look forward to seeing more of that in 2017."

Maric suffered a back injury prior to the 2016 season and managed just three senior games for the Tigers as journeyman Shaun Hampson jumped ahead of him. 

The ruckman admitted he looked elsewhere before making the decision to stay at Richmond. 

"After a personally testing year, I took time to consider my options, but ultimately the friendships and connections I have with my teammates make Richmond my home, and where I belong," Maric said. 

"I believe I am capable of playing good football at AFL level, and will continue to show guidance and leadership on and off the field." 

Maric has played 157 AFL games after making his debut for Adelaide in round six, 2006.

He played 77 matches for the Crows between 2006 and 2011 and has managed to play 80 games for Richmond since crossing over at the end of 2011.