“To my playing group, I spoke to you before about how much I’ve loved being your coach… you all mean the world to me and I’ve enjoyed every aspect of being your coach,” he said.
“It’s a wonderful place and I’ll also like to thank our fans. It’s a tough gig being an AFL coach but the support I’ve received from the majority of people has been outstanding.”
“The Richmond Football Club has been the love of my life.”
News broke on Monday
A 7pm text sent out on Monday night asked players and staff to attend a meeting on Tuesday morning prior to the press conference.
The unexpected news of Hardwick quitting broke on Monday, with some players and staff at the Tigers yet to be told of his decision.
Hardwick finishes his 14-year career with 307 games at the helm (170-6-131), including the 2017, 2019 and 2020 premierships. He holds the club record for most games coached ahead of Tom Hafey (248) and Jack Dyer (222).
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