RICHMOND has added another defender to its list with speed machine Rhyan Mansell joining the club in the Pre-season Supplemental Selection Period.
The 20-year-old has been training with the club since early January alongside other rookie hopefuls Nick Couroupis (West Adelaide), Jordan Gallucci (Williamstown), Josh Green (Marist AFC, ACT) and Derek Eggmolesse-Smith (delisted Tiger).
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Mansell, who hails from Tasmania, is no stranger to premiership glory, having won a SANFL flag with Woodville West Torrens last year, while also winning three senior flags with Launceston.
He has been on the club's radar for several years despite focusing mainly on cricket as a junior.
"We have always liked his stuff because he suited what we like in a player; super competitive, physical, (and with) really good speed," Tigers recruiting manager Matt Clarke said.
"He has Richmond qualities and that ability to come in hard and tackle.
"He played footy, but he was in the cricket pathways. He also played soccer mainly as a kid, so he was not in all the (football) squads like a lot of kids are.
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"To go into Woodville West Torrens last year under an excellent coach (Jade Sheedy) and into a great footy club and brilliantly run organisation was fantastic.
"When he went there from Tasmania, it gave us confidence he could do well, and he obviously fitted into a really good team and won a flag, which was a big tick."
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Mansell, who stands at 180cm, is a running defender who can also lock down on the opposition's best small forward.
The Tigers have one list spot remaining.
Who's training at your club?
Adelaide (one list spot): Nick Murray (Williamstown), Ayce Taylor (delisted Crow)
Carlton (one list spot): Oscar McDonald (Melbourne), Callum Moore (Richmond), Zavier Maher (Murray Bushrangers)
Collingwood (two list spots): Jack Briskey (Sherwood Magpies, Queensland)
Essendon (two list spots): Angus Baker (Canberra), Charlie Byrne (Murray Bushrangers), Alec Waterman (Claremont)
Hawthorn (two list spots): Will Bravo (Dandenong Stingrays), Jackson Callow (Norwood)
Melbourne (three list spots): Majak Daw (North Heidelberg), Kobe Farmer (Peel Thunder), Deakyn Smith (Dandenong Stingrays)
North Melbourne (one list spot): Flynn Appleby (Collingwood), Sam Skinner (Brisbane)
Richmond (one list spot): Nick Couroupis (West Adelaide), Jordan Gallucci (Williamstown), Josh Green (Marist AFC, ACT), Derek Eggmolesse-Smith (delisted Tiger)
St Kilda (two list spots): Paul Hunter (South Adelaide)
West Coast: Will Collins (Swan Districts), Cedric Cox (West Coast, WAFL), Nic Martin (Subiaco)
Western Bulldogs (two list spots): Ewan Macpherson (Northern Knights), Corey Preston (Eastern Ranges), Anthony Scott (Footscray)
* Sydney and Port Adelaide also have list openings