Very good operator is Richo.
Interesting story about Richo. Was speaking to a past player who I've gotten to know well over the past few years. Comes up camping on the Murray over the summer period and hits thr local golf course a fair bit.
We were discussing about the past players club that Rod Grinter started up which has grown really big in the past 24 months to the point where some ex players from opposition clubs have said it's the best in the AFL with how tight and big its become. I remember hearing Shane Crawford say on his podcast stating he was jealous of how good it was because he felt Hawthorn had no past players group even though with recent premiership success.
Anyway, he was saying that when Josh Mahoney was involved he created a big divide within the past players and the club which all started by Mahoney removing Spike Harris? (Not sure of his actual name) unfairly and with no acknowledgement after many years of service for the Melbourne Football Club. This didn't go down well with many of the past players, current staff and even administrators.
When Richo and Mark Williams came to the club the first thing they did was amend this relationship between the past players and the club and Richo was supposedly very big driver in this and making the club as whole again.
He was very big on the concept of having past players still having a sense of belonging to the footy club even after they've finished up, and also making sure the current day players understand the importance of the history and contribution they've made towards this footy.
It's no surprise that for the first time in a long time we're seeing past players doing jumper presentations to first gamers this year and last year also with James McDonald.
Whilst Richo has been significant in this area I will also make special mentions to Mark Williams and Max Gawn also.
Club is in great hands under the likes of Richo, Chocco etc..