Richmond premiership star Alex Rance he knows Damien Hardwick “has made the right decision”, but is still in shock regardless.
Hardwick made the decision to step down from coaching immediately after 307 games and three premierships at Richmond.
Rance – who played in the first of those flags and also made a sudden decision to retire – spoke glowingly of his former coach on Tuesday’s episode of Footy Talk.
“Initially my reaction’s been in shock, but at the same time it’s probably not, knowing ‘Dimma’ the way he is,” he told Nick Riewoldt and Joey Montagna.
“For him to call it now, you know it’s right for him and you know it’s right for the club.”
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