Richmond star Jack Riewoldt says the Tigers are ready to prove the doubters wrong in 2022 and should be aided by a reinvigorated Dustin Martin.
The Tigers had a shocking 2021 and missed out on finals just 12 months after winning their third flag in four years, but are priced at 10/1 to bounce back and win the grand final this season.
Tigers superstar Martin missed the end of last season after undergoing surgery to repair a lacerated kidney, while the player has also had to deal with the passing of his father.
But Riewoldt says Martin has returned to training with fire in his belly and that bodes well for the 2022 AFL season as the Tigers look to get back to the top.
"He's got a bit of a buzz around him at the moment and I feel like maybe there is a little bit of hunger there to get back to where he was," Riewoldt said.
"I've got full belief in Dustin. He's always taken his game to the next level. Whenever I've thought that he might've been at his peak he's been able to go again.
"We look forward to seeing him back out there and I'm sure the fans do too."
The Tigers have brought in some new players to freshen things up a bit and Riewoldt says the whole playing group are determined to get back on track this season.
"There's a real air of excitement around where this group can go," Riewoldt added.
"The pundits out there may write us off and see that 2021 was maybe the start of the downward spiral of the Richmond Football Club, but we feel like we're in a good position."