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Richmond brand of footy is back: Graham


Richmond 2017 premiership player Jack Graham says the iconic Tigers brand of football has returned following the team's 54-point win over North Melbourne.

The 22-year-old said on AFL Nation post-match that he felt the Tigers had finally put together a typical yellow and black four-quarter performance.

“Last week we were building on it and this week we really wanted to knuckle down and show that Richmond brand of football," he said.

“We always knew that we were going to get back to the Richmond brand. In previous games we’d shown glimpses of it but tonight we played all four quarters.

“We had a strong focus for our intensity and our hunt around the ball because that’s where we play our best footy."

Graham paid credit to the club's strong VFL program for developing some of the club's newest players like Jake Aarts and Derek Eggmolesse-Smith, while admitting the team's small forwards were a barometer.

“Our VFL program over the past few years has had a huge focus on preparing those players," he said.

“Those small forwards play such an important role.

“Obviously their goal smarts but also defensively, we know when that ball hits the floor they’re going to be cracking in and pressuring the footy to try and keep it in our forward half."

The midfielder added that he was excited to be back playing in front of fans, and that the Tigers would only improve in the coming weeks.

“It’s nice hearing the crowd after a goal and the Tiger Army roar, even if there was only 3,000 and we’re used to 80,000," he said.

“It’s an exciting time at Tigerland. There’s plenty more to come which is exciting."

Richmond travel to Sydney to take on GWS at Giants Stadium next Friday night.

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