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Report: Emerging Tiger to resist lure of WA return

2019-08-02T15:56+10:00

Richmond's Shai Bolton is expected to stay at the club, despite the interest of rivals following a coming-of-age season.

Originally from South Fremantle, the 20-year-old has put contract talks off until the end of the season, but is content with life at the Swinburne Centre according to the Herald Sun.

Bolton, who has emerged as a midfielder this season, is out of contract this year and has been linked with a possible return to Western Australia in recent times.

Selected with Pick 29 in the 2016 National Draft, Bolton endured a slow start to his career, struggling to break into a strong Richmond line-up.

He only managed nine senior matches in his first two seasons despite impressing in the VFL, where he played in the 2017 Grand Final and won the 2018 Mark and Goal of the Year.

But the son of former Fremantle two-gamer Darren has enjoyed an encouraging 2019, kicking 11 goals from 12 games and was the round 17 AFL Rising Star nominee following his 29-disposal performance against the GWS Giants.

Bolton’s manager Ralph Carr is also expected to push for a new deal for big man Mabior Chol, who has impressed in seven senior outings this season.

The news of Bolton follows the re-signings of fellow West Australians Liam Baker and Sydney Stack, as well as promising youngster Jack Ross, who all signed for a further two seasons earlier this week.

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