Richmond star Trent Cotchin’s immediate future is unclear after the club confirmed he may return to Victoria to be with his family.
It was revealed earlier on Wednesday Cotchin had spoken to officials about leaving the Tigers’ camp in Sydney in order to be with his family after one of his daughters was admitted to hospital.
Richmond released a statement on Wednesday announcing simply that Cotchin has not returned home yet and remains with his teammates.
The club will fly to Perth later this week ahead of their clash with Essendon which was moved to Western Australia as a result of Melbourne’s lockdown.
“Richmond acknowledges interest in captain Trent Cotchin’s availability ahead of this Saturday’s Dreamtime game,” the statement read.
Richmond captain Trent Cotchin, wife Brooke and their three children Harper, Mackenzie, and Parker.Source:Herald Sun
“Cotchin remains a part of the football program in Sydney, and is monitoring a personal matter at home in Victoria.”
The Age reported Wednesday the news emerged when Cotchin’s wife Brooke posted a photo on Instagram showing one of the couple’s daughters in a hospital bed.
Richmond senior club advisor Neil Balme earlier confirmed to The Herald Sun Cotchin has had a conversation with senior staff at the club about returning to Melbourne.
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“We have said very clearly to all our players that whatever they need us to support them on, we will,” Balme said.
“We love them playing, but there are other things in life that they have to take into account, and whatever they do, we will support them.”
Cotchin was last year among the biggest critics of players being forced out of Victoria and admitted he and some of his teammates were considering staying behind in Melbourne, rather than be away from their families.
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