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Trent Cotchin

Age: 32yr 11mth    Games: 288     Born: April 7, 1990     Origin: Northern Knights
Height: 185cm     Weight: 86kg     Position: Midfield
Last Drafted: Round 1, Pick #2 2007 National Draft by Richmond Tigers
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Trent Cotchin Biography

Thursday, 9 March 2023
Toby Greene has sought advice from Trent Cotchin as he takes on the sole captaincy of GWS in 2023.

"He is just someone I really admire. We've actually clashed a bit on the field, but I've always admired the way he's gone about it and the way he changed the model of his game, really," Greene said.

"He used to be a high possession midfielder and he turned into a tough, inspirational player who did everything for the team. I was always impressed by that. He let others do what he did previously. I thought maybe that's something that I can try and incorporate."

Tuesday, 6 September 2022
Trent Cotchin will play on in 2023 after signing a one-year contract extension with the Tigers.

"The plan probably was not initially to go again. But I think that changed for a number of reasons. One, my body, and also that you are a long time retired, I had that nagging away in the back of my head," he said.

Thursday, 2 June 2022
The AFL apologises Lance Franklin after the forward was labelled a "coward" during a heated Tribunal hearing.

The Swans took Franklin's striking case to the Tribunal in an attempt to have him available for their game against Melbourne. But in a fiery virtual hearing, the AFL's legal counsel Andrew Woods delivered a stinging assessment of Franklin's tussle with Tiger Trent Cotchin.

"It's a strike and not push. Did Franklin hit Cotchin? Of course he did as Cotchin had got under his skin. There’s kids watching, there’s families watching, it’s cowardly behaviour," Woods declared.

In an unprecedented move, the AFL formally apologised to Franklin for the remarks made by Woods.

"It is the AFL’s view that rhetorical flourishes of the nature used by both Counsel last night should not be part of the AFL tribunal process and they do not reflect the views of the AFL," the AFL said in a statement.

"The AFL has today (Thursday) contacted Lance Franklin and the Sydney Swans to apologise for the comment and reiterated our respect for Lance and his standing in the game."

Tuesday, 19 April 2022
Trent Cotchin is fined $2,000 for kicking Taylor Walker in the third quarter of the Crows' win over the Tigers at Adelaide Oval, prompting an angry Walker to suggest that the fine was an inadequate penalty.

"Especially when it's deliberate. I tell you what, if the shoe was on the other foot I would have been missing the next month," Walker told Triple M radio.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021
Trent Cotchin steps down as captain of Richmond and will hand over the baton to the next skipper of the club for 2022. He leaves the role as the Tigers' only triple premiership captain.

"It has been an incredible privilege to captain this club but it feels the right time to step down from that role," Cotchin said.

"The club has built a really strong leadership culture over the past five years and we have some excellent leaders at Richmond that will flourish in the captaincy role.

"It's an awesome opportunity to continue our philosophy of pushing leadership deep through the organisation, and for me to continue to play a role both on-field and off-field."

Monday, 8 June 2020
Trent Cotchin pays his respects to his wife who had to endure an emergency cesarean section to have their thidr child and first son, Parker, delivered.

"It was the rawest of emotions. I was so proud of Brooke. I probably wasn't aware of what was about to come, with regards to recovery time. You don't realise the significance until you start to go through it. That was a hard time but an amazingly special time," Cotchin said.

"They cut through something like 32 layers of tissue and muscle and tendons. That's pretty significant, particularly on the back of going through a nine-month journey of carrying the baby, and us as men not contributing much, except for the initial part of the process. Then they have the baby, have to recover, still have to breastfeed and have to look after two other kids. I take my hat off to all women."

Friday, 13 March 2020
Trent Cotchin and Jack Riewoldt will be the only two official leaders at Richmond in 2020 as captain and vice-captain respectively.

"Trent is an incredible person, player and leader, and we?re thrilled that he will again lead our AFL playing group in 2020," Richmond's general manager of football performance Tim Livingstone said.

"Jack has been a wonderful leader and support to Trent in recent years, and we look forward to that continuing this season.

"Trent and Jack will be supported by a group of senior players who are also exceptional leaders in their own right, and who continue to build the Club?s culture and environment."

Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Trent Cotchin signs a new two-year contract extension with Richmond to remain at the club until the end of 2022.

"Trent is everything we could ask for as the captain of our football club. His leadership and care for his teammates, as well as the courageous way he plays the game is just exceptional," Richmond's general manager of football Neil Balme said.

"He leads by example with his talent and toughness on-field, and his maturity and authenticity off-field. We're lucky to have him leading our playing group."

Saturday, 7 July 2018
Brandon Ellis says he is loving the experience of living with Trent Cotchin and his family after hitting a form slump earlier this season that saw him dumped to the VFL for a month.

The 24-year-old Richmond premiership player has recently moved from the South Yarra home he shared with teammate Nathan Broad to the captain's house in Melbourne's northern suburbs.

"He's the ultimate professional, he's so selfless, he'll do anything for his family, and even taking in me, it just shows that he's so selfless, he just wants to help me and get the best out of me," Ellis said.

"That's why he's a great captain and he deserves everything that he gets."

Monday, 26 March 2018
Trent Cotchin is expected to suit up against Adelaide just days after spending the night in hospital due to a severe migraine.

"He couldn't get on top of it," Tigers football manager Neil Balme said.

"They whizzed him into Epworth and he's fine now. He said he's good now and it's not going to impact him."

Thursday, 22 March 2018
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick and captain Trent Cotchin have reveal the moment they were reduced to tears after Dustin Martin's contract extension with the Tigers.

"I'll never forget being on the phone and I let a yelp like a 12-year-old schoolboy when he told me he was staying. I was that excited, I had tears," Hardwick said in Don’t Believe in Never: The Wounded Tiger Story.

"I'll never forget where I was when Dustin Martin called me to tell me he was staying a Richmond player for basically the rest of his life."

Cotchin talks openly about the moments after receiving the call from the Brownlow and Norm Smith medallist to inform him he was staying at Richmond.

"I was in the room on my own and he (Martin) called me, then I called 'Dimma' (Hardwick) and sounded him out to suss whether he knew," Cotchin said.

"I teared up, it was special."

Thursday, 15 March 2018
Trent Cotchin's wife, Brooke, says her husband has changed for the better after being part of Richmond's 2017 premiership-winning team.

"At the end of 2016 he was in a dark place and it took him a little while to realise," Brooke said as her husband was unveiled as this year's Formula One Grand Prix AFL ambassador.

"He knew he had to do something, because he wasn't happy and he wasn't enjoying his football, so he did that and I can't even describe what he's like now.

"He was always very calm and relaxed, but now nothing is an issue, there's never a negative comment, he always sees the positives in everything.

"That's what he's worked his way through and it's the reason they were able to achieve what they did last year."

Thursday, 22 February 2018
A record nine players earned more than $1 million in 2017 as the rich got richer under the new collective bargaining agreement.

Lance Franklin is understood to have been one of the competition's highest-paid players last season, with Tom Boyd, Scott Pendlebury, Nathan Fyfe and then Gold Coast teammates Gary Ablett and Tom Lynch widely believed within industry circles to have also earned seven-figure salaries.

It is likely some of 2017's millionaires are on contracts wherein their average yearly salary is less than $1 million, but their deals were front- or back-ended last season to top seven figures. Sources identified Dayne Beams and Michael Hurley as players in this category.

Richmond captain Trent Cotchin and teammate Dion Prestia would also have been among the AFL's top earners in 2017.

Saturday, 6 January 2018
Dylan Shiel harbours no bad feelings to Trent Cotchin despite a bump in the preliminary final that left him concussed and out of action after quarter time.

"People have asked me if I wanted to see him suspended and I tell them absolutely not," Shiel said.

"I'm actually really happy that he got to play on; he messaged me the next week to see if I was OK and I really respected that.

"We play a ruthless game and I think every player accepts that when they cross that white line anything can happen."

Monday, 2 October 2017
Premiership captain Trent Cotchin admits to having serious doubts about his ability to lead the Tigers as captain at the end of 2016.

"I remember sitting with my wife after last year and telling her, 'I'll give this captaincy thing one more year, and if it doesn't go well, we bomb out again or don't get it right, well then we'll see if someone else can do the job'," Cotchin said at the club's Jack Dyer medal function.

"It's funny how fickle life can be.

"In some ways, 2016 (when the club missed the finals and finished 13th) may have been a blessing dressed up as a nightmare in disguise."

Sunday, 1 October 2017
Trent Cotchin's selfless reputation has grown after it emerged he lifted an injured Daniel Rioli on his shoulders during the Tigers' victory lap after Saturday's Grand Final.

"He's been like that this whole year," Rioli said.

"He's a great leader and a great teammate.

"He saw I was in a bit of strife and he's a good and caring teammate. He's a family man as well so good on him for picking me up and helping me get off my feet for a bit."

Monday, 25 September 2017
Richmond captain Trent Cotchin will lead the Tigers into the 2017 Grand Final against Adelaide after the Match Review Panel cleared him of any wrongdoing against Dylan Shiel.

"It was the view of the panel that Cotchin was seeking to win possession as his line of direction was always towards the ball and not his opponent," the MRP said.

"The panel determined that Cotchin was seeking to contest the ball and therefore contact was not unreasonable in the circumstances. No further action was taken."

Dylan Shiel will miss Monday’s Brownlow Medal event in Melbourne due to the concussion he suffered in the Giants' preliminary final loss to Richmond.

Tigers captain Trent Cotchin collected Shiel in the face during the opening quarter of the match with his right shoulder, but was cleared of any wrongdoing despite the fact the star Giant was ruled out of the game after quarter-time.

Trent Cotchin says he wasn't too concerned about potentially missing out on a Grand Final after being cleared by the MRP for his bump on Dylan Shiel.

"I was pretty relaxed. My intention was always to go for the footy, so I was glad that was the way they ruled it and that's about all that was in my control," he said.

Saturday, 23 September 2017
Trent Cotchin will nervously await the findings of the Match Review Panel following his bump on Dylan Shield in the first quarter of the Tigers' preliminary final win against GWS.

Cotchin bumped Shiel 10 minutes into the opening term as the Giant was bending down to gather the ball. The Richmond captain was also contesting the ball, but went low and caught Shiel on the chin with his shoulder.

Shiel played out the remainder of the first quarter, but suffered a delayed concussion at the first break and was ruled out of the game midway through the second quarter.

Cotchin's situation is complicated by the fact he has already incurred two fines for low-level striking offences this season, which means that even if he escapes with a fine for the Shiel bump he will be ruled out of the Grand Final against Adelaide.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says he was surprised to see captain Trent Cotchin miss out on selection in the All Australian squad of 40 after a "phenomenal" season as a leader.

"I still maintain the measure of a player is what you do to the players around you, and he's made our players better," Hardwick said on Wednesday.

"The measure of him as a captain has been phenomenal at our footy club this year. He's grown as a leader and I think his presence as a leader on the football field has been incredible.

"I've got no doubt our players jump on his back and he leads from the front. You can't measure that. I see it on a weekly basis."

Friday, 17 March 2017
Trent Cotchin will lead a streamlined three-man Richmond leadership group in 2017, after being appointed skipper for a fifth-straight season.

Jack Riewoldt and Alex Rance will be his co-vice captains.

The Tigers had a five-man leadership group in 2016, with Riewoldt stepping up in place of Shane Edwards, Ivan Maric and the departed Brett Deledio (Greater Western Sydney).

"Trent is an impressive player and person, and his leadership of this group has developed significantly," Richmond’s general manager of football Neil Balme said.

"We’re very confident that both Jack and Alex will be great support for Trent as his deputies this season."

Tuesday, 13 December 2016
Sam Mitchell and Trent Cotchin officially become Brownlow medallists after retrospectively receiving the 2012 award in a unique ceremony attended by family and close friends in Melbourne.

Before a crowd of about 100 people, Mitchell was presented with his medal by 1999 winner and former Hawthorn teammate Shane Crawford.

Richmond skipper Cotchin was crowned with the game's highest individual honour by triple Brownlow medallist Ian Stewart.

"It's obviously different, something no one else has really been through, so Trent and I will share something unique for the rest of our lives," Mitchell said.

"I'll enjoy the moment. I've tried to be really humble in the whole thing, and obviously the decisions have been out of our hands so we just went with the flow," Cotchin said.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016
Trent Cotchin and Sam Mitchell will both be awarded the 2012 Brownlow Medal after a landmark ruling by the AFL Commission on Tuesday.

The pair finished equal second behind Jobe Watson in 2012, but will now receive medals after Watson last week said he would hand back his medal as a result of Essendon's supplements program.

"As the highest-placed eligible vote-getters, Sam Mitchell and Trent Cotchin were formally declared the joint winners of the 2012 Brownlow Medal," AFL chairman Mike Fitzpatrick said.

"Sam and Trent are deserving Brownlow Medallists for the quality of their play in 2012, and the Commission wishes to pass on the congratulations of the entire football community for their performances."

Trent Cotchin and Sam Mitchell accept the 2012 Brownlow Medal after the AFL Commission ruled they would be named joint winners.

"I accept the 2012 Brownlow Medal with mixed emotions. "This has been a difficult time for Jobe, but I have great respect for him, and the decision he made in very tough circumstances," Cotchin said.

"I'm honoured to be named a Brownlow medallist today but at the same time I feel enormous empathy for Jobe Watson and his family," Mitchell said.

Thursday, 8 September 2016
Dustin Martin wins Richmond's best and fairest for the first time, capping a career-best season that has seen him overcome personal adversity to flourish.

Martin edged fellow 2016 All Australian Alex Rance by one vote to take home the Jack Dyer Medal, polling 62 votes in a thrilling count at Crown Palladium.

Captain and three-time winner Trent Cotchin finished third (51 votes).

"I'd like to thank Peggy (O'Neal), the board and Brendon (Gale) for sticking by me," Martin said.

"'Choco' (Mark Williams), as every year, you've helped take my game to another level and I'm going to miss you around the club.

"I'm very blessed to have so many great people in my life and I'm very grateful for it."

Monday, 1 August 2016
Richmond captain Trent Cotchin has thrown his support behind under-siege coach Damien Hardwick, saying players at the club must lift.

The Tigers are reeling from arguably their most inept performance under Hardwick, an embarrassing 88-point loss to Greater Western Sydney in which they kicked only three goals.

Richmond's 3.5 (23) was the club's lowest score in a VFL/AFL match since 1961.

"He will wear most of (the criticism) on his shoulders because that's the kind of person he is," Cotchin said.

"But the reality is we need to be better as a playing group. We're doing everything we can. There's obviously a lot of work for us to do.

"The challenge for us is that we've still got four weeks of the season to turn around our form."

Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Trent Cotchin has undergone successful surgery on his broken cheekbone and is expected to miss at least two matches.
Sunday, 1 May 2016
Trent Cotchin will miss at least two weeks after suffering a fractured cheekbone in the Tigers' 35-point loss to Port Adelaide at the MCG.

Cotchin picked up the injury in the opening minutes of the first quarter, but managed to play out the game.

"We didn't know about it until after the game, so that shows how courageous it was," Tigers football manager Dan Richardson told Triple M.

"He didn't put his hand up to come off the ground and we all know how much criticism, at times, Trent's copped from the footy world but … what he did last night shows the courage of the man and shows what a great leader he is for this footy club."

Thursday, 7 April 2016
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick launches a stirring defence of captain Trent Cotchin against recent criticism of the midfielder.

"It's easy for people to sit behind keyboards and microphones and cameras and make judgement, but this is a guy that leads from the front," Hardwick said.

"He has 38 possessions, he wins clearance, he wins contested ball. He's an outstanding leader of our footy club. No question.

"I sit there and I'm flabbergasted by the criticism he cops … it's become farcical the level it's got to.

"I find it incredibly disappointing and unjust."

Tuesday, 22 March 2016
Trent Cotchin says he would accept the 2012 Brownlow Medal if banned Bomber Jobe Watson is forced to surrender the award, but that he hasn't really thought too much about it.

Watson's right to retain the Brownlow was jeopardised when the Court of Arbitration for Sport in January found 34 past and present Essendon players guilty of an anti-doping violation.

"Jobe was the best player that season. Until an appeal is heard and then the commission has made a decision, there’s really no point putting any thought into it," Cotchin said.

"But at this stage, Jobe played consistent good footy that season. I think it’d be a challenging position to be in, because we all know the great person Jobe is."

Thursday, 17 March 2016
Tigers skipper Trent Cotchin admits he's struggled to lead the team from the front in finals.

"It was a disappointing performance from an individual point of view," Cotchin said of his performance Tigers' 2015 knockout final against the Kangaroos.

"The reality is (if) we win, we don't really talk about it and hopefully I get another opportunity to perform the week after. But we did lose and I performed not so well.

"The challenge for me is to be consistent, which will go a long way to helping the team be consistent."

Friday, 15 January 2016
Richmond has made two additions to its leadership group for 2016, with midfielder Trent Cotchin retained for his fourth year as captain.

Reigning club champion Alex Rance has been added to the five-man leadership group, along with small forward Shane Edwards.

Vice-captains Brett Deledio and Ivan Maric remain in official leadership roles, which are voted on by the players in consultation with the coaches, while defenders Steven Morris and Troy Chaplin have been omitted.

Monday, 14 September 2015
Ben Jacobs reveals he required a hospital check-up two days before shutting down Richmond skipper Trent Cotchin in the Kangaroos' elimination final.

Jacobs suffered a bad case of gastro in the week leading up to the final that left him unable to train and even prompted a hospital visit.

The 23-year-old lost between three and four kilograms due to the illness but still managed to keep Cotchin to just nine possessions in a performance that was a key factor in the Kangaroos' 17-point win.

Sunday, 13 September 2015
Richmond captain Trent Cotchin says he let his teammates down in Sunday's elimination final and didn't do his job after being tagged out of the match by North Melbourne opponent Ben Jacobs.

Cotchin finished with just nine possessions and one clearance in a game where his team was crying out for a contested ball presence.

The nine possessions were the equal-lowest he has ever recorded in his 153-game career.

"It starts at the top and with me. I let the boys down," Cotchin said.

"As captain you want to be there at the coalface winning the ball for your team. That's my job and I didn't perform that today.

"Credit to Jacobs, he was fantastic all day. He didn't give me an inch of space. He also got plenty of help from his teammates.

"One thing I'll take out of the game is I'll be back again next year ready to take it to any opposition we come across."

Sunday, 17 May 2015
Trent Cotchin stars in Richmond's thrilling five-point win over Collingwood at the MCG, pushing his team to victory with 11 crucial possessions and three inside-50s in the final quarter.

Tigers coach Damien Hardwick says Cotchin proved his doubters wrong in one of the best games of his career.

"I think what happens when you're losing games, the first people to cop it in the neck are your leaders from the media's point of view," Hardwick said.

"Trent, by his own admission, has had an OK start to the season, but I think today was a game that really defines the value of him to our football team … he willed us over the line, it was a great captain's game.

"He's improved enormously as a leader, he's 25 years of age, he's only going to get better and he's going to lead this footy club for a long period of time."

Thursday, 19 March 2015
Trent Cotchin will play his first match of the pre-season against North Melbourne after shaking off hamstring soreness.

Coach Damien Hardwick said Cotchin was likely to play three quarters against the Kangaroos, allowing him to prepare for the Tigers' round one clash against Carlton on April 2.

"He's got to get some game minutes into him," Hardwick said.

"He's trained really well over the course of the last two weeks and we could have pushed the envelope with him last week, but there's no point at this time of the year.

"It's just important from a fitness point of view he gets out of it what he needs, but also from a physicality point of view."

Monday, 16 March 2015
Trent Cotchin is confident he will be fit for round one despite the prospect of spending the entire NAB Challenge on the sidelines because of a hamstring complaint.

"Hopefully I give myself a chance of playing this week, but if not I'll set myself up for playing round one and have a real crack there," Cotchin said.

"It's always nice to have a hit-out and get your touch back, it's more the intensity of the game that you're not used to ... but the way we've been training over the summer has been real intense.

"I've been able to keep my load right up with regards to running. It was more so holding back from kicking that's been the real issue."

Wednesday, 10 December 2014
Steven Morris has been promoted to Richmond's five-man leadership group for 2015.

Morris joins captain Trent Cotchin, Troy Chaplin, Ivan Maric and Brett Deledio in the group, with the retired Daniel Jackson making way.

"This group was decided upon by the players, and it is an acknowledgement of the important role they play in driving standards and communications between the playing group and the rest of the club," Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said.

"We are developing and driving leadership across our entire playing group."

Thursday, 4 December 2014
Trent Cotchin looks set to be a Tiger for life after turning his back on free agency to re-sign a five-year contract extension.

Richmond football manager Dan Richardson said the club was thrilled Cotchin had made such a long-term commitment.

"Clearly, his decision indicates that he is fully behind the direction the club is heading, and he has a desire to lead the playing group as it continues to mature and improve," Richardson said.

"While we were extremely confident he would re-commit to the club at the end of his current contract, it's a great result that the extension has been finalised so swiftly.

"Trent has grown into an outstanding leader of the club, while maintaining an extremely high level of on-field performance."

Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Richmond captain Trent Cotchin has become the youngest player in Tiger history to win three club champion awards after winning the 2014 Jack Dyer Medal.

Cotchin, 24, polled 292 votes to edge out midfielder Brandon Ellis (283 votes) and young star Dustin Martin (266 votes) in an exciting count at Crown Palladium, adding to his 2011 and 2012 best and fairest awards.

Sunday, 7 September 2014
Trent Cotchin elects to kick against the breeze after winning the coin toss in Richmond's 57-point elimination final loss to the Power.

The Power then booted eight goals to one to open up a 42-point lead by quarter-time and effectively put the result to bed.

"I think if you looked up it looked like it was going the other way but it was pretty swirly out there so I didn't feel there was a tremendous advantage," Cotchin said.

"I think it was more about the way we played in the first quarter that resulted in their [eight] goals, which is nearly how much we've averaged against us for the whole game over the last three months."

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says Cotchin's decision was not a major factor in the Tigers' loss to the Power.

"At the end of the day, the wind has got nothing to do with putting your head over the ball and not winning hard contests," Hardwick said.

"You get your opportunity with the wind the next quarter - the reality is we just didn't play well enough from the start."

Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has praised Trent Cotchin for his evolution as a leader.

"We're asking a lot of Trent to lead the footy club at the age of 24," Hardwick told SEN radio.

"He's been leading from the front, playing some good footy, but more importantly being more demanding of his players below him.

"He's always been a very good captain, but I think when we've needed him most, in our time of need, he's been nothing short of sensational."

Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Trent Cotchin says his Richmond teammates have been demanding a more aggressive approach to his role as captain of the club.

"Coming into being the captain as a younger player I probably tried to find a passive and relaxed way [to lead], especially with the younger group," Cotchin said.

"I tried to make everyone comfortable and get the best out of them, that's how I felt it was going to work. But the feedback is that I need to become even more demanding which I'll be working on."

Thursday, 1 May 2014
Brandon Ellis says Richmond teammate and skipper Trent Cotchin needs more support from fellow Tigers to cope with hard tags from the opposition.

We've just got to look out for him a bit more, give him those blocks and just hit into his opponent," Ellis said.

"We just need to do it, he hasn't asked us. He doesn't ask for much 'Cotchy', we need to help him out as a midfield group and going forward we just need to keep doing that.

"When Cotchy is getting punched and kicked and scragged, he needs more help. But it comes down to our game-plan as well, which the boys aren't really following at the moment.

"We're not hitting those little kicks and those handballs, so everyone is getting caught out a little bit. If we can get back on track, Cotchy will be fine."

Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Collingwood has sought clarification from the umpiring department about the tactics used by tagger Brent Macaffer after he received strong criticism for his defensive stopping role on Richmond star Trent Cotchin.

"We've had communication with the umpiring department and asked them to send any unwarranted or missed free kicks through in regard to the Macaffer and Cotchin duel," Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said.

"They sent through two edits. One of them was questionable, in our eyes. So their feedback was that the game was umpired well, which is against the hysteria that's taken place."

Sunday, 13 April 2014
Trent Cotchin says some of Brent Macaffer's tagging techniques against him were illegal.

"We know there's been taggers in the game for donkey's years but, just at times, I thought I was being held illegally," Cotchin told Channel 7's Game Day program.

"But the reality is there's three umpires out there, they're doing the best they can and the onus is on myself to win the footy and to have my teammates helping me out."

Saturday, 12 April 2014
Brent Macaffer has turned his career around by being one of the most effective taggers in the game.

"Caff was at the crossroads at the end of 2011," Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said.

"We sat down and had a heart to heart. I thought he'd just dropped off a little bit in his professionalism through 2011 and he wasn't favoured and didn't play as much footy.

"He's made a real shift and decision to take this profession as far as he can."

Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Jack Riewoldt and Dylan Grimes are dropped from Richmond's 2014 leadership group to be headed by Trent Cotchin.

Brett Deledio is again vice-captain with ruckman Ivan Maric and 2013 best and fairest winner Dan Jackson also voted into the group.

Former Port Adelaide defender Troy Chaplin is the new addition in his second season as a Tiger.

"Given the improved maturity of the team, we believe a five-player leadership group is a sufficient representation of the playing list," Tigers coach Damien Hardwick said.

"We are proud of the way Trent embraced the captaincy in his first year, and we're confident he will continue to be a strong leader on and off the field, along with Brett as vice-captain."

Wednesday, 4 September 2013
Trent Cotchin admits to playing through discomfort in his knee caused by bone bruising after hyperextending it against Fremantle in round five.

"It was a little bit of a battle through the middle of the year, but my main focus this season has been doing my role for the team and I think that's been the majority of our guys' focuses," Cotchin said.

"That's what you see in the strong cultures that are at the top all the time and that's what we're trying to get to."

Tuesday, 9 July 2013
Richmond captain Trent Cotchin says he is confident Jack Riewoldt and Dustin Martin will stay at Richmond as the team builds towards a future of success.

"It's a great place to be, we've got a young group that have been together now for quite some time and we're building towards something," Cotchin said.

"Every player in the AFL would love to be paid as much as they possibly can, but the reality is there's a cap there for that reason. If you want to be part of successful clubs, then sometimes there's a little bit of sacrifice that needs to be made.

"We're all about spending time together, building something and enjoying the whole ride together."

Thursday, 30 May 2013
Trent Cotchin signs a new deal with the Tigers, keeping him at the club until the end of 2015.

"I'm very excited. The club's going somewhere, and I want to be a part of the success that all involved with the Tigers crave," Cotchin said.

"We want to keep this young group together over the next period of our careers."

Thursday, 23 May 2013
Trent Cotchin says comments he made during the off-season that he would consider retirement if the Tigers won a premiership in the next three years were "tongue in cheek".

"I'm looking forward to it being over as well. I reckon if we won a premiership in the next three years I'd pretty much be done," Cotchin had told Emma Quayle.

Cotchin now says reaction to those comments had been over the top.

"The way some people have reacted is the incorrect way," Cothin said.

"We spoke about the book over the off-season last year and it was more so a tongue in cheek line where we were talking about how hard footy is becoming."

Sunday, 5 May 2013
Trent Cotchin says contract negotiations with Richmond are in motion.

"It's just something that will get done in the future, whether or not it's in the next couple of weeks or in the next three months," Cotchin said.

"It's not something I'm stressing about, to be totally honest. The powers that be will make that decision at the appropriate time."

Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Jack Riewoldt admits he can get carried away on the field but that it's just a part of his personality.

"I play with emotion and I reckon I'd be a pretty boring person and a pretty boring player if I didn't do that," Riewoldt said.

"It's a doubled-edged sword, AFL, and there's definitely cries for players to have a bit more personality but if you show a bit of personality you can be shot down pretty quickly."

Tuesday, 19 March 2013
Richmond skipper Trent Cotchin is voted as the favourite to win the Brownlow by fellow captains of the other 17 AFL clubs.
Monday, 11 March 2013
New Richmond captain Trent Cotchin says he has been meeting regularly with cricketer Simon Katich for leadership advice.

"(Richmond assistant coach) Wayne Campbell came up with the idea at the start of last year, that it would be good to have someone who is quite similar in personality and has had a fair bit of experience in leadership in a different caper, and we came up with Simon," Cotchin said.

"He has been captain of a few sides and been around a lot of the stars of Australian cricket, and I catch up with him to talk about life in general and about any feedback he has for me."

Monday, 4 February 2013
Trent Cotchin will lead Richmond for the first time as captain against the Indigenous All Stars in Alice Springs who will be captained by Lance Franklin.

"To get the opportunity to be captain of the Indigenous side, with some of the players that are going to be playing, to lead them out is an unbelievable experience for myself and for my family and friends," Franklin said.

"There are a lot of young kids in the squad. I see myself as a little bit older now – I've just turned 26 – so I'll be giving a lot of the kids coming through a lot of advice. Not necessarily on how to play, but just things away from [football] too."

Monday, 14 January 2013
New Richmond skipper Trent Cotchin says his priority as captain is to set the standard at training and to build relationships with his teammates.

"The most important thing in my eyes from a leader's perspective is the way that they train and play and get everything done," Cotchin said.

"But I'm also massive on relationships. You don't have to be best mates with everyone ... but you have to have something to do with them so you can show a general interest in their life.

"If you can have that relationship going into games and so forth it makes it a lot easier to give someone some constructive feedback - whether it's positive or negative."

Saturday, 24 November 2012
Brett Deledio says teammate Trent Cotchin will lead Richmond to their next premiership after he was named skipper on Friday.

"I texted him last night and said: 'Look mate, if you're going to be captain I'll back you the whole way and I believe you'll be the one to lead us to our next flag'. I said that to him and I'll say it here today," Deledio said.

"I back Trent to the hilt with what he can do for this club."

Friday, 23 November 2012
Trent Cotchin will captain Richmond in 2013 and Brett Deledio will be the team's vice-captain but will break with tradition and stick with his No. 9 jumper instead of No. 17.

"When I thought about it ... I've always been really comfortable with the fact I've been No.9 since being here and I was No.9 prior to being here," Cotchin said.

"I love seeing little kids with the No.9 on their backs and I think it's a part of me now."

Sunday, 11 November 2012
Tiger Bachar Houli says Trent Cotchin would be worthy captain of the club.

"Trent isn't as vocal but through his actions he's very encouraging and he leads by example," Houli said.

"Trent isn't the captain yet, but hopefully he gets to captain because I think he's the best for it at this stage."

Wednesday, 26 September 2012
Richmond midfielder Trent Cotchin says he wants the captaincy role vacated by Chris Newman.

"We've come a long way in the last four or five years, and we're going places as a group and obviously the challenge is to perform against those better sides in the competition," Cotchin said.

"If I can be leading the troops out every week, it's something I'd love to do at some stage in my career; whether it's next year or in five years' time or never, that's how it will be."

Tiger Trent Cotchin wins the AFL Coaches Association's Player of the Year Award for 2012 and credits his teammates for his most consistent year so far.

"We took some massive ground this year with regards to stats and the key performance indicators we think are most important going into games," Cotchin said.

"I think that's the reason why you start to play more consistent football; you believe in the guys you're going out with and also the coaching staff who put you on the track every week."

Thursday, 13 September 2012
Richmond has moved to lock Trent Cotchin in to a long-term deal, opening discussions about a contract extension with the young star.

"We have had chats so we are at the table talking. It's obviously going to take some time. There is a fair bit to go through but it will all get done in due time," Cotchin's manager Anthony McConville told the Herald Sun.

"I would imagine we would be able to crunch a deal. I would be confident of that, but we need to go through all our normal processes. We haven't got any timeframes."

Thursday, 6 September 2012
Trent Cotchin has won his second successive Jack Dyer Medal, beating home fellow midfielder Brett Deledio but says he craves team success more.

"I'm very proud to win the award, but it's a team sport," Cotchin said.

"The moment we start playing finals, these awards will mean that little bit more."

Tuesday, 4 September 2012
Richmond midfielder Trent Cotchintakes out the AFL Coaches' Association best player award ahead of Collingwood's Dayne Beams and Gold Coast Sun Gary Ablett.
Monday, 3 September 2012
Outgoing Tigers skipper Chris Newman says Trent Cotchin isn't a certainty to take over, but he's in the mix.

"Anyone of the boys in our leadership group could step into my shoes and lead the club forward," Newman said.

"'Cotchy' is certainly one of those; he leads naturally no doubt. Brett Deledio is another one who'd be keen to take that position too.

"But I think any of those boys could quite easily fill my shoes but not only do that but do a better job than I did."

Monday, 13 August 2012
Daniel Jackson says teammate Trent Cotchin deserves to be amongst the game's current greats such as Gary Ablett, Chris Judd, Dane Swan and Scott Pendlebury.

"If he played in a successful era like those guys have, we probably would be naming him with that bunch," Jackson said.

"Hopefully for us he keeps playing better and better and we keep winning more games and start playing finals and you'll see Trent Cotchin's number on many a kid's back."

Monday, 5 December 2011
Minor hip surgery has interrupted Trent Cotchin's pre-season during Richmond's trip to Arizona.

"It wasn't really troubling me, but we just thought we'd get it done earlier rather than later and not let it become a problem next year," he said.

"I had my right done two years ago, so I knew what the process was and wasn't really fazed."

Thursday, 1 December 2011
Chris Newman has been reappointed Richmond's captain for the 2012 season, with Trent Cotchin to be his sole deputy.
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Trent Cotchin wins the Jack Dyer Medal as Richmond's 2011 best and fairest.
Friday, 4 February 2011
Richmond midfielder Trent Cotchin is finally able to participate in a full pre-season after being limited by injuries in his earlier years.

"Last year I had a limited pre-season because of my hip and they were trying to manage my achilles and make sure it didn't flare up again, but this year they've been pretty good," he said.

"They are still monitoring my pre-season but they've let me do just about everything. It's been quite enjoyable."

Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Richmond is enthusiastic about the fact Trent Cotchin will be able to have almost a full pre-season this year.

"This is certainly the best he's started," Tigers midfield coach Wayne Campbell said.

"In year one he ran in January, in year two he ran in February, and he's out there running and kicking the footy, so certainly as coaches, we're pretty excited by that. There's a long way to go, but he's certainly miles ahead of where he was before."

Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says Trent Cotchin filled in admirably for the injured Chris Newman as skipper of the side against Melbourne.

"With Chris Newman's absence last weekend, we put it to the leadership group to decide who they thought should have the opportunity to captain the club," Hardwick said.

"Given the fact Brett Deledio had done the job before (round 22 last year), they wanted to give Trent Cotchin a chance. For Trent's personal development as a player, it was an outstanding opportunity - too good to be passed up.

"There's so much more to captaincy these days than just tossing the coin. The captain takes responsibility on-field for the whole team and I thought Trent was terrific last Sunday."

Wednesday, 3 March 2010
Richmond has won the signature of emerging midfielder Trent Cotchin, who has agreed to a three-year contract extension and warded off any potential advances from the Gold Coast.

"One of the things you want to be as an AFL footballer is a one-club player," Cotchin said.

"Another factor for me was seeing how much support the club has outside, from members, as well as from people inside the club ... it's just a good place to be.

Friday, 12 February 2010
Richmond will protect young midfielder Trent Cotchin by only playing him for 50 per cent of the opening NAB Cup game.

"We don't want to put him in a hole that he can't get out of, so we just have to be slow with Trent, and his body will catch up at some stage," Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said.

Saturday, 6 February 2010
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says the Tigers will continue their conservative approach with Trent Cotchin.

"He has done (everything) at a level we want him to. We could have pushed him, but we are prepared to wait. We have got to be patient with him because we expect him to be a player of the future for this club," Hardwick said.

"We're not prepared to rush him at any stage."

Saturday, 23 January 2010
Trent Cotchin says he is getting over his injuries with the help of the conditioning staff at Richmond.

"The conditioning staff have been terrific. They have written up an individual program that's been very well structured and one that my body is handling quite well," Cotchin said.

"I'm training twice a week with the main group and on Wednesday I do a triathlon at the club with the rehab group. I suppose there's less pressure to be out on the track and to just make sure you're right before going out there."

Thursday, 6 August 2009
Trent Cotchin will not play again this year after succumbing to a hip injury.

"He's had a hip he's been dealing with for a few weeks now, and he's pulled up a bit sore," Richmond interim coach Jade Rawlings said.

"Anyone who was at the game the other day would have seen when he came on in the last stanza that he looked pretty sore."

Thursday, 23 July 2009
Richmond brings in five players including Ben Cousins, Trent Cotchin and Nathan Brown for the round 17 clash with Essendon.

"They're good as gold - they were reasonable by game day last weekend, but they just hadn't done anything during the week and were still crook the day before the game, so we just didn't want send them out there under those circumstances," Richmond football manager Ross Monaghan said.

"Nathan had a decent break to get himself right, then had two games to work himself into some form at Coburg."

Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Former Richmond coach Terry Wallace admits he did "absolutely nothing" in a game two years ago, knowing a win would cost the Tigers prized recruit Trent Cotchin.

"It was a no-win situation for everyone in the coach's box," Wallace said.

"We decided the best way to operate was just to let the players go out.

"I didn't do anything. I just let the boys play. There weren't any miracle moves in the last couple of minutes."

Richmond led by nine points 12 minutes into the final term, but the Saints kicked the last three goals to win by 10 points.

Monday, 29 June 2009
Drew Petrie and Trent Cotchin have escaped with reprimands for striking offences on the weekend.

Petrie was cited for striking Brad Johnson, while Cotchin was fingered for striking Jarryn Geary.

Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Richmond will resist the temptation to throw midfielders Ben Cousins and Trent Cotchin into the fray against Sydney opting instead to allow both players to regain form and fitness with VFL side Coburg.
Thursday, 23 April 2009
Trent Cotchin says he'll play just over half a game in the VFL this weekend on his way back from an achilles injury.
Saturday, 18 April 2009
Richmond confirms that Ben Cousins and Trent Cotchin are both likely to resume playing next week.
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
TRENT Cotchin's enthusiasm to come back quickly from his latest injury has cost the young Richmond onballer the start of the season.
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Richmond vice-captain Nathan Foley is confident Trent Cotchin will be ready for the home-and-away season as the young star battles achilles soreness.
Saturday, 24 November 2007
Cotchin starts life as a Tiger with a reduced workload in the pre-season due to a broken ankle he injured while playing in the Northern Knights' preliminary final.

"I got off crutches two weeks ago and am slowly increasing the workload at the moment, so hopefully I'll be running in a short period," he said.

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