RICHMOND is confident of signing free agent Alex Rance for 2016, despite reports the defender has considered quitting AFL.

The 25-year-old's Jehovahs Witness faith and desire to travel with his partner have been cited as reasons for the top defender's possible retirement.

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Richmond chief executive Brendon Gale acknowledges Rance has big decisions to make but says he "will be a Richmond player for years to come".

"He has some things in his life he values other than footy and we respect that so we are letting him work through those things in his own time," he told SEN radio on Wednesday.

"But that is coming to a head now. We need to plan for the future and build our list accordingly.

"Without going too far into it, I am very confident Alex will be a Richmond player."