The praise is already beginning to come for Richmond father-son recruit Maurice Rioli Jr.

The Tigers added the small forward to its playing list during the off-season, with the son of former club champion set to add spark to the already impressive Richmond forward line.

And while he is expected to start his time in the VFL, captain Trent Cotchin couldn’t contain his excitement when speaking to reporters on Monday.

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“He is electrifying. He has got a lot of talent, a lot of those Rioli traits but he is also his own person,” Cotchin said.

“There have been a couple of times where he’s had to chase-down tackle where someone quick has got the footy and even he makes up five or 10 metres.

“The key is not to put too much pressure on guys who are coming into a pretty well-oiled system but hopefully he’s picking up the expectations of him as a player and as a Richmond man and that holds him in good stead in the early parts of his career.”

Richmond has won three of the last four AFL premierships, but a quirky statistic could prove more success is headed the way of the Tigers.

As previously outlined by Fox Footy’s Max Laughton, every team that has drafted a Rioli has won the Grand Final within three years.

Time will tell whether all that comes to fruition.

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