THE chances of Richmond great Matthew Richardson playing at Yarrawonga this year are fading dramatically.

The Pigeons had hoped to secure the former AFL star for a handful of games this season.

But Richardson’s hectic work schedule as a commentator during the AFL season left little room for movement at the negotiation table.

Yarrawonga officials met Richardson this week.

Pigeons president Glenn Brear said nothing was ever set in stone with the former Richmond champion.

“If something like that was to happen, it would be a huge coup,” he said.

“We’re still tapping away on the phones but we have got no news, for now.”

Richardson, 38, is close friends with Yarrawonga star Kayne Pettifer and could still pull on the boots at some point to play alongside his former Richmond teammate if the stars align.

The Pigeons still haven’t given up on securing a one-off appearance from Australian cricket legend Shane Warne on Easter Sunday, either.

However, that is also looking increasingly unlikely.

Warne has been in South Africa working as a spin coach for the Australia team.

The Pigeons host Wangaratta in their annual Easter clash at Mulwala’s Lonsdale Reserve on April 20.

About 8000 people filled the same ground to watch Brendan Fevola make his debut for Yarrawonga in 2012.

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