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Dylan Grimes

Age: 32yr 10mth    Games: 234     Born: July 16, 1991     Origin: Northern Knights
Height: 194cm     Weight: 92kg     Position: Defender
Drafted: Round 1, Pick #2 2009 Pre-Season Draft by Richmond Tigers
Supercoach Price: $243,700   Supercoach Profile
AFL Fantasy Price: $283,000   AFL Fantasy Profile
Contract Status: UFA at the end of 2024   AFL Player Contracts
Status: Back injury, Expected return: TBC   AFL Injury List
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Dylan Grimes Biography

Thursday, 11 May 2023
Dylan Grimes will play on in 2024 after inking a contract extension with the Tigers.

"Dylan has thrived since being voted in by his peers to captain the club and continues to be a consistent performer for us on game day," Richmond's general manager of football talent Blair Hartley said.

"His leadership, drive, and guidance on and off the field for his teammates is first class, helping to improve other players and our football program as a whole.

"We look forward to Dylan continuing to add to the outstanding contribution he has made to Richmond over 14 years."

Thursday, 16 February 2023
Richmond retains Dylan Grimes and Toby Nankervis as co-captains for the 2023 season.

"Dylan and Toby led our group and broader organisation wonderfully in 2022, complementing each other while also leading as individuals terrifically well," Richmond football performance manager Tim Livingstone said.

"We are looking forward to seeing them continue to grow with the role this upcoming season and are delighted that the group has endorsed them for another year."

Monday, 14 February 2022
Richmond appoints Toby Nankervis and Dylan Grimes as co-captains for the 2022 season.

"Dylan and Toby play football the way we think it should be played. They are tough, uncompromising, and team orientated," Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said.

Thursday, 26 August 2021
Dylan Grimes claims his first Jack Dyer medal as Richmond's best and fairest for 2021.

Grimes, whose previous best placing was third in 2019, polled 51 votes to win the award from midfielder Jack Graham and defender Liam Baker, who tied for second on 46 votes.

Monday, 22 February 2021
Dylan Grimes signs a new deal with Richmond to remain at the club until the end of 2023.

Grimes was overlooked by every club in the 2009 national draft, before being taken by the Tigers in the following pre-season draft. He has been among the 40-player All-Australian squad in the past three seasons, making the final cut in 2019.

"At the end of every year I text Blair Hartley and Francis Jackson - they were the guys who drafted me," Grimes said.

"I just express as much gratitude to them for the opportunity they have given me. I have met my wife through the club, and everything I have has been through Richmond, and because they saw something in me and backed me in when no one else did.

"That's something I will owe the club forever, and will always be grateful for, and if I can play a small part in helping the club achieve its goals while living the dream, it seems the best-case scenario for everyone."

Sunday, 25 October 2020
Richmond triple premiership defender Dylan Grimes has revealed he was preparing to fly home after just two weeks in the Tigers' Queensland hub.

With wife Elisha back in Melbourne working on the couple's business (Mount Macedon Winery), Grimes' trip north was only meant to be short-lived.

"The business, the farm, there was so much going on for us personally given COVID. We had staff we were trying to pay throughout this time, and it was really tough. In my mind, I thought I was going to be here for two weeks and I'll be coming straight back," Grimes said.

Tuesday, 25 August 2020
A football fan is arrested and charged by Victoria Police for alleged death threats levelled at Dylan Grimes. The arrest follows Richmond's win over Essendon in Darwin where Grimes was involved in a staging incident for which he was fined by the AFL's Match Review Officer.

"Detectives arrested a 39-year-old man and charged him with stalking, using telecommunications device to menace, making threat to commit sexual offence and other charges," a statement from Victoria police said.

Grimes said his decision to escalate the abuse was in order to protect his family.

"The severity and pointed nature of these threats went way beyond what I would call normal post-game banter with this individual, so much so that we were concerned for the safety of my family back home in Victoria," Grimes said.

Tuesday, 1 October 2019
Dion Prestia wins the Jack Dyer Medal as Richmond's best and fairest in their 2019 premiership year.

Prestia polled 91 votes, winning comfortably from clever half-forward Shane Edwards (79), who was acting captain for parts of this year, and integral defender Dylan Grimes (75).

"Premierships is what you play the game for. It was pretty cool getting over the line on the weekend, to go with the medal from 2017," an emotional Prestia said.

"To be a two-time premiership player at a footy club like Richmond is unbelievable. I'm pretty stoked to be up here, that's for sure. Hopefully I don't tear up here in the next few minutes."

Sunday, 29 September 2019
Jack Grimes, who played 100 senior games for the Demons, watches his younger brother, Dylan Grimes, win a second AFL premiership with the Tigers, and complete his greatest season as a player.

"I've never seen him as happy as what I'm seeing him right now," Jack said.

"He's just sung the song with 21 of his best mates and he turns around to us, his family, and gets to celebrate with us as well.

"I'm sure it's a moment I'll never forget and I'm sure it's a moment he'll never forget – and I'm just so happy to be a part of it."

Saturday, 3 August 2019
Dylan Grimes has stepped up his game as a defender in the wake of Alex Rance's injury and is a chance to win the 2019 Jack Dyer Medal as Richmond's best and fairest.

"He's always been really highly rated internally from our point of view, but I think people are starting to see the qualities he brings not only to our game, but the game of AFL," Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said.

Fellow Richmond defender Nick Vlastuin concurs with his coach.

"Everyone's taken the load (since Rance's injury), but it's probably more fallen to 'Grimesy' and he's in some career-best form," Vlastuin said.

"He's always been that lockdown defender, but now he's built his game on dropping off and helping the other backs down there."

Tuesday, 6 February 2018
Dylan Grimes signs a new three-year deal with Richmond to remain at the club until the end of 2021.

"Dylan has been at Richmond for eight years and has been a dedicated servant of the club over that time. He is a very skilful footballer and a great mentor for our younger players," Richmond football manager Neil Balme said.

Monday, 4 April 2016
Dylan Grimes is expected to miss two matches due to a low-grade hamstring injury.
Thursday, 17 September 2015
Dylan Grimes has signed a three-year contract extension, tying him to Punt Road until at least the end of 2018.

After a wretched run with repeated hamstring injuries and a foot issue early in his career, Grimes has put together two strong seasons to establish himself as a key part of the Tigers' defence.

Grimes played 19 games in 2015, taking his career tally to 63 matches after he was recruited with the second pick in the 2010 pre-season draft.

"Dylan has become a very important member of our team, and we’re excited to see him sign on for a further three years," Richmond general manager of football Dan Richardson said.

"Not only has he proven himself as a player, but he is a leader on and off the field who has the utmost respect from the coaches and his team-mates.

"He has worked incredibly hard to overcome some serious injuries in his first few years, at just 24 years of age, his best footy is ahead of him."

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, 13 November 2013
Richmond development coach Mark Williams is the favourite to become head coach of the Saints but Tigers defender Dylan Grimes says he hopes Williams will stay at the club.

"Everyone knows what kind of a character Choco is and how much of influence he's had on us," Grimes told SEN radio.

"Every player at the club would not hesitate in saying that they would love him to stay on.

"We're a club that's looking to move forward and we're trying to bring everyone along with that challenge, so I'd love for him to stay and I hope he does."

Thursday, 8 August 2013
Damien Hardwick says he is determined to get Dylan Grimes back into the side for finals.

"He's an important player to our side and he's got the ability to play tall or small, so we like his versatility," Hardwick said.

"He's a leader of our footy club, so there's certainly a spot available for him.

"Ideally he plays another one to two and gets his touch back. He's such an important player, so there's certainly a spot for him."

Friday, 26 July 2013
Dylan Grimes says he has no interest in leaving Richmond.

"I'd love to be a one-club player and Richmond have given me more than I could ever hope for from an AFL club," Grimes said.

"I'm ecstatic to be part of the playing group and the leadership group, so I won't be going anywhere at all."

Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Dylan Grimes has suffered a setback with his foot injury and will be sidelined for up to two months.
Friday, 30 November 2012
Richmond has added Ivan Maric and Dylan Grimes to a leadership group that will be without former skipper Chris Newman.

"Both players fully deserve their inclusion in the leadership group, for the respect they have within the club and the way they conduct themselves, both on and off the field," Richmond's general manager of football Craig Cameron said.

"Dylan is an outstanding young leader and a fine example to the developing players on our list, and Ivan has made an enormous impact at the club in only 12 months."

Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Luckles Richmond defender Dylan Grimes has suffered another setback, having surgery after a small split in his left hamstring tendon while training.

"Given Dylan's history with hamstring injuries, we believe surgery was the best option," said Richmond's elite performance manager Peter Burge.

"We won't know the extent of his recovery time until it settles from the surgery.

"Despite the setback, Dylan is keen to start his rehabilitation and is hopeful of being ready for the start of the 2013 season."

Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Richmond defender Dylan Grimes is the round three Rising Star nominee and says Carlton full-back Steve Silvagni is the player he most admired when he was growing up.

"I just like the way there was no carry-on about the way he played footy," Grimes said of Silvagni.

"He was courageous, hard at it, and I'll never forget the grand final [in 1995] when he went back with the flight of the ball and got knocked out. It always sticks in my head."

Monday, 12 March 2012
Richmond's Dylan Grimes says he is aiming to take more marks in defence this year after spending most of his football life spoiling the ball.

"There's been a bit of a focus for me to take more marks," Grimes said.

"Last year I had a tendency to do more spoiling than the coaches would have liked. But this year I've been doing a lot of work on marking."

Tuesday, 19 July 2011
Richmond has tied up Reece Conca, Dylan Grimes and Brad Helbig until the end of 2013.

"We're delighted to have re-signed this trio of young players, who we believe will develop into an integral part of our playing group," Tigers football manager Craig Cameron said.

"They possess the necessary qualities, both on and off the field, to play a key role in the team's rise over the next few years."

Friday, 17 June 2011
Injured brothers Jack and Dylan Grimes have formulated a program which will see them recover from their respective injuries together in Port Douglas.

"They said they thought it would be good for us to get away together so we can rehab together. It's worked out pretty well," the older Grimes brother said.

"I guess because we both have an injury to our legs we're doing a lot more upper body stuff. Our programs are both pretty similar."

Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Dylan Grimes will miss at least three months after undergoing hamstring tendon surgery.

"Dylan's injury is similar in nature to those suffered by Josh Gibson and Nick Riewoldt recently, and the surgery was performed by the same surgeon," the club's elite performance manager Matt Horsnby said.

"We're optimistic that Dylan will recover well, and we know he will be extremely diligent with his rehabilitation program."

Sunday, 29 August 2010
Dylan Grimes makes his AFL debut for Richmond at Docklands Stadium with 5 disposals (2 kicks and 3 handballs) and a mark in a 10-point loss to Port Adelaide.
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
A spiteful NAB Challenge practice match between the Magpies and the Tigers results in allegations of biting and "dobbing".

Collingwood forward Travis Cloke has drawn the ire of Richmond after providing evidence that he was struck by Richmond's Jake King resulting in the latter being suspended and offered two weeks for his offence.

Tigers recruit Dylan Grimes was also involved after being allegedly bitten on the back by an unnamed Collingwood player.

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