Rebounding defender Cam Richardson was on the cusp of selection this time last season and missed out on playing in last year’s premiership team. Now, the 22-year-old has impressed so much with the Roosters that he would be one of the first picked and an AFL career beckons with several AFL clubs showing some interest, including Gold Coast and Fremantle.

Roosters coach Gerard FitzGerald is a massive fan of Richardson’s work ethic.

”He [Richardson] responded to missing out last year in a very positive way and I really admire him for that. He just really knuckled down and put in a massive amount of work into his preparation and full credit to him, he’s playing in a grand final [on] Sunday,” FitzGerald said.

Another Rooster has to go through the heartache felt by Richardson last season, with first-year player Oliver Tate dropped for North Melbourne’s Leigh Harding, who returns from injury for tomorrow’s VFL grand final against the Northern Bullants at Etihad Stadium.

The Bullants have opted to name Carlton veteran Simon Wiggins, who will play his first game for more than a month after being sidelined through injury. Last week’s debutant Rohan Kerr is likely to make way.

Richardson has been a late bloomer since crossing from North Ballarat City in the Ballarat Football League but has impressed with his pace and kicking efficiency to set up many forward thrusts from defence.

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