David Astbury says he is fortunate
to be playing alongside Alex Rance in Richmond's defence.
"We work in tandem. I'm really, really lucky I get to play with a player of his calibre and sometimes the shoe's on the other foot, where he relies on me to play his best footy," Astbury said of Rance.
"But we have a great working relationship and a great off-field relationship as well, so I just consider myself lucky."
Astbury says he has is glad he chose to stay at the Tigers at the end of 2015 despite interest from other clubs.
"I was 24 years of age and thought I was ready to play (regular) senior footy," he said.
"At the end of the day, it was my decision to stay at Richmond, and I'm really proud of that decision and I worked through a lot of deficiencies in my game.
"I was good at defending, but wasn't as good as I could be at winning the ball back, and I think I've addressed that.
"It has been a journey, and at different stages the game hasn't been kind to me with injuries and what not, but my body feels in tip-top shape. I'm in a state now where I'm really proud of the way I went about it and actually wouldn't change a thing."