Richmond’s raid on the Giants’ midfield is complete.
Eight days after Tim Taranto joined the Tigers in exchange for picks 12 and 19, his ex-GWS teammate Jacob Hopper is joining him at Punt Road. They both accepted seven-year deals.
The Giants traded Hopper and picks 53 and 63 for Richmond’s future first-round selection and the No.31 pick this year.
Tigers ruckman Ivan Soldo was long linked to the deal but will remain in yellow and black.
A nagging knee injury that required two surgeries after the 2021 season meant Hopper played only seven matches this year for 114 overall but he promises to be a significant addition to Richmond’s flag assault.
The 25-year-old enjoyed his best season last year, averaging 26 disposals, six clearances and 12 contested possessions while being short-listed for All-Australian honours.
Hopper and Taranto give the Tigers one of the AFL’s best on-ball…