Robbie Tarrant will depart North Melbourne after rejecting a two-year contract offer from the club.
The 32-year-old defender is expected to join Richmond as an unrestricted free agent after playing 174 games across 12 years at the Kangaroos.
Tarrant’s impending arrival at Punt Road will compensate for the loss of retired triple premiership defender David Astbury.
Tim Watson thinks Tarrant and the Tigers are a “good fit” for a season or two, while Kane Cornes also likes the move.
“I do like it for Tarrant because he’s played in four finals,” Cornes told SEN Breakfast.
“Richmond’s going to have one last crack … so I like it.”
Richmond reportedly met with former Adelaide defender Daniel Talia before deciding to pursue Tarrant.
“For Talia, he’s only 29 years of age. He’ll find somewhere. I’m not exactly sure what club it will be,” Cornes said.
“They (Richmond) prioritised Tarrant so it leaves Daniel Talia a bit lost for at least a couple of weeks.”
Geelong is also a reported suitor for Talia as the two-time All-Australian looks for a new home after being delisted by the Crows.
Should the Cats target Talia to shore up their defence? Watson and Garry Lyon discussed.
Watson: “Would Geelong be looking at Talia, now do you think, as a full-back, key position player?”
Lyon: “I don’t think he’s what they would need down there, another 30-plus (player).
“(Nathan) Kreuger, the young boy down there that’s played two games who’s got a bit of size, at some time you’ve got to bite the bullet and play these guys, otherwise they’re going to leave. You’ve got to give them an opportunity.”
Watson: “I understand that. But if we use their history as any guide, 29 is a young recruit for the Cats.”
Talia didn’t play a single game in 2021 due to knee and foot problems.