Youngster Shai Bolton has signed a two-year contract extension with Richmond that will keep him at the AFL club until the end of 2023.
The 22-year-old midfielder, who was part of the Tigers’ premiership-winning sides in 2019 and 2020, has averaged 20 disposals this season.
“I am happy to be at Tigerland. We have got a very good Indigenous culture at Richmond as well, and I think it is getting even better,” Bolton said.
“I just love it at the place.”
Richmond football talent general manager Blair Hartley said Bolton has thrived since arriving from Western Australia in 2016.
“He has worked really hard to improve his game, which he has taken to another level this season, and shown attributes that we rate really highly in the way we want to play,” Hartley said.
Bolton issued a public apology earlier this year after being involved in a nightclub fight, in which he fractured his wrist while defending his teammate Daniel Rioli.
A joint investigation by Richmond and the AFL found Bolton exacerbated the situation when he stepped in after Rioli’s girlfriend had been subjected to inappropriate behaviour from a patron.
Bolton and the club made a $20,000 charity donation as a result.