NOTE: Since this article was published, Ivan Maric has signed a one-year contract with Richmond. “After a personally testing year, I took time to consider my options, but ultimately the friendships and connections I have with my teammates make Richmond my home, and where I belong,” Maric said.
Player Name: Ivan Maric
Current Club: Richmond Tigers
Potential Club: It may be that Maric remains a Tiger, but should he change clubs he’ll be looking for the opportunity to play senior football in 2017. Collingwood is the club Maric is believed to be seriously considering, and if they lose Jarrod Witts they could use some ruck depth.
The Original Price: Drafted by Adelaide with pick 40 in the 2004 National Draft, Maric was traded to Richmond during the 2011 trade period for pick 37. Interestingly, that pick 37 was then on-traded to St Kilda for Tom Lynch and St Kilda used it to draft Jack Newnes.
The Good: It’s all about leadership and selflessness with Maric. He’s in the leadership group at Richmond and is a big motivator for the entire playing group. Although he has only played three games this year he has played no small part in the development of Shaun Hampson, who has overtaken him as Richmond’s primary ruckman.
The Bad: He’ll be 31 before the 2017 season begins and is not without form and fitness concerns. A back injury ruled him out of the opening rounds, while poor form saw him play just one game since Round 6.
What His Club Wants: Richmond have reportedly tabled an offer to Maric that involves him staying at the club in a player/coach role. Ideally, they want him to remain at the club, if not, they won’t expect much in return for the 30-year-old.
What He’s Worth: His age is the big factor that will lower his market value, but his worth is in filling a player/coach role. He’ll have a few clubs tempting him with multi-year deals – one as a player, two as a coach – but they’re unlikely to have to give up a great deal.
What We’d Pay: An early fourth-round selection, around pick 60-65
Possible Trade Scenarios:
- Richmond trade Ivan Maric to Collingwood for Pick 61.
- Richmond trade Pick 6 and Ivan Maric to Gold Coast for Dion Prestia and Pick 40.
The Verdict: Losing Maric probably costs Richmond more in the off-field department than it does in on-field contribution and considering what little they’ll get in return for the ruckman, they’d prefer to keep him. The decision likely firmly rests on Maric’s shoulders and whether he genuinely wants to play a lot of senior football in 2017.
Star Rating: 2/5
It’s not often a heart-and-soul player and a cult hero is traded or requests a trade. Watch this space!