Premiership defender Astbury sticks with the Tigers

Richmond has locked in another key player as they build towards another tilt at the flag, re-signing free agent David Astbury on a two-year deal that secures the premiership defender at the club until the end of 2021.

The 28-year-old has been a solid contributor throughout the season stepping up to fill the breach in the absence of All-Australian defender Alex Rance and proving alongside Dylan Grimes his importance to the Tigers.

David Astbury.Credit:AAP

Astbury battled injury early in his career and took until his seventh season to hit his 50-game milestone however he has been a consistent and reliable performer since and has now played 118 games, becoming one of the game's most respected defenders.

He played every game in the club's premiership year in 2017 and was an outstanding performer last year before illness struck in the week of the preliminary final and he showed great courage to play.

In demand at other clubs, he has been a loyal player at Richmond with the club's patience and his work paying off and he will play a key role in their attempts to win a second premiership in three seasons in 2019.

The Tigers have demonstrated the depth of their squad putting in an outstanding season to remain in the hunt after being decimated by injuries to key players in the first half of the year.

However they are yet to re-sign running defender Brandon Ellis who is a free agent and attracting interest from several clubs while respected leader Shane Edwards remains a free agent.

The Tigers are still keen to retain Ellis as he has bounced back from a period where he was out of favour however he may attract more lucrative offers from clubs looking to move up the ladder.

The Tigers are 9-6 after 15 rounds as they begin to build momentum towards another premiership tilt with huge clashes against Greater Western Sydney, Port Adelaide and Collingwood in the next three weeks.

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