Are the Pigeons chasing Richo? You Petts!

Kayne Pettifer and Matthew Richardson  celebrate a goal against Port Adelaide. Picture: FAIRFAX
Kayne Pettifer and Matthew Richardson celebrate a goal against Port Adelaide. Picture: FAIRFAX

RICHMOND great Matthew Richardson is being sounded out by Yarrawonga.

While speculation has been rife that spin king Shane Warne will make a one-off appearance for the Pigeons on Easter Sunday, it is believed there is more chance of Richardson joining the club.

The former AFL star, 38, is still close to ex-teammate Kayne Pettifer and could play a handful of games alongside him and Brendan Fevola for the Pigeons if things go to plan.

Yarrawonga president Glenn Brear hosed down the speculation when contacted.

“We’ve got nothing to say at this point in time because there’s nothing to tell,” he said.

“We’re trying to do a lot of things.”

Richardson’s work schedule with Channel 7 and radio station 3AW during the AFL season looms as the major stumbling block at this stage.

The champion forward, who booted exactly 800 goals in his career, would line up alongside the likes of Fevola, Pettifer and still potentially Brad Ottens in the most decorated forward line in the history of country football.

The Ovens and Murray has exploded in profile since former Carlton superstar Fevola arrived in the competition at the start of 2012.

Justin Koschitzke (Lavington) and Setanta O’hAilpin (Albury) recently joined the league that already features names like Jason Akermanis, Chris Hyde and Dean Polo.

Premiership-winning Essendon forward Scott Lucas has agreed to play in Myrtleford’s first two games at home this season.

Modern-day Sydney greats Barry Hall (Wangaratta Rovers) and Tadhg Kennelly (Albury) have also played in the competition recently.

Former St Kilda ace Jason Gram quit the league this week.

Gram announced he would not be returning to play under Akermanis at North Albury this season.

Richardson played 282 games for the Tigers between 1993 and 2009 and was the club’s leading goalkicker 13 times. He became a life member of the AFL after retiring and is also in Richmond’s Team of the Century.

Only 10 players in VFL-AFL history have booted more goals than the Richmond fan-favourite.

Warne, meanwhile, is considered an extreme long-shot to play against Wangaratta on March 20.