Punt Road has a major addition inbound for the 2023, with star midfielder Tim Taranto joining Richmond on a seven year contract

Punt Road has a major addition inbound for the 2023 season, with star midfielder Tim Taranto joining Richmond.

Richmond has not waited a day for the AFL Trade Period to finish and they have already landed their big fish. Former Giant Tim Taranto will suit the yellow and black in 2023 after being traded to Richmond for picks 12 and 19 in this year’s national draft.

Taranto is set to be warmly welcomed to his new home as he looks set to slot into the Richmond midfield quite nicely providing them with a much-needed contested ball winning type of player.

Where will Taranto play?

At GWS, Taranto played a prolific role in their midfield, which is the commonly expected role will uptake with the Tigers. He brings a new dynamic to the Richmond engine room, a section of the ground where the Tigers have a notable weakness compared to the rest of the competition.

The GWS recruit will slot nicely into the Richmond midfield, offering a new style of play that will look to bolster the Tigers back into the top four and potentially while their premiership window is still existent but fading, push for one last flag.

Taranto will join Dion Prestia, Dustin Martin, Trent Cotchin, and Jack Graham in the Richmond midfield with Hopper also providing the possibility of adding some extended youth depth to the side.

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What Taranto offers

There is no doubting that Tim Taranto is a hard-bodied, in-and-under on-baller getting those much-needed contested possessions. Richmond as a team this past season ranked 11th in this stat indicating that Taranto adds great value for the Tigers.

Taranto averaged 9.7 contested possessions in 2022 which ranks him third in the existing Tigers midfield, only behind Dion Prestia and Trent Cotchin.

The 24-year-old also has the ability for drifting forward and impacting the scoreboard when his team needs it most. This past season, the Tigers recruit averaged over 25 disposals and kicked a goal on average every two games.

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