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THE oft-debated future of veteran Shane Tuck at Richmond has taken a positive turn with the Tigers opening negotiations with the 29-year-old for a new one-year contract.

Richmond football boss Craig Cameron confirmed last night he had moved to re-sign Tuck after the defender had become out of contract by failing to play the required senior games to automatically remain at the club next season.

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Richmond star Brett Deledio will become the youngest player in Tigerland history to achieve the 150-game milestone when he lines up against North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium in Sunday’s final home-and-away round clash of the 2011 season.

Deledio will be 24 years and 139 days old on Sunday, which means he will eclipse Matthew Knights as the youngest Tiger to play 150 games of league football.  Knights was 24 years and 332 days old when he attained the milestone in 1995.

He also will become the fastest to reach the 150-game milestone in Richmond’s history, at six years, 161 days.

To underline his amazing durability, Deledio has missed just four games since making his senior league debut with Richmond at 17 years and 343 days of age in the opening round of the 2005 season, after being selected by the Tigers as the No. 1 draft pick in the AFL’s 2004 National Draft.  He has played the last 92 games in-a-row, placing him second, behind Carlton’s Kade Simpson (141 games), on the competition’s current consecutive games’ list.  ‘Lids’ hasn’t missed a game since Round 18 of the 2007 season.
Deledio’s durability has been matched by his form consistency in seven seasons at the game’s highest level.

In his 2005 debut season, Lids won the AFL’s Rising Star award and then, in 2008-09, he captured consecutive Jack Dyer Medals as the Tigers’ Best and Fairest winner in those years.  Last year, he finished third in the Jack Dyer Medal count, and he’s on track for another high Best and Fairest finish in 2011 following a season where he has averaged 25.7 disposals per game - the highest in

 his league career. 
Deledio’s 150-game achievement means he now qualifies for Life Membership of the Club.

The top 10 list of young Tigers to reach the 150-game milestone is:
Brett Deledio:  24 years, 139 days
Matthew Knights:  24 years, 332 daysBryan Wood:  25 years, 116 days
Kevin Bartlett:  25 years, 152 days
Wayne Campbell:  25 years, 249 daysJoel Bowden:  25 years, 279 days
Dale Weightman:  25 years, 304 days
Ray Poulter:  26 years, 121 days
David Cloke:  26 years, 199 days
Kevin Sheedy:  26 years, 208 days

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