Unheralded McBean a key to the Tigers’ future


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One of Richmond’s most important players in the coming years could be an unheralded footballer yet to make his debut at senior level.

I refer to a young man by the name of Liam McBean who has gone about his business quietly since being drafted in the second round of the 2012 National Draft.

The 202cm forward has been ultra-impressive in the VFL over the past two seasons with Coburg and now Richmond reserves.

In 2013 he burst onto the scene and finished the season with 37 goals, which put him in the top couple of players on the VFL leading goal kickers list.

He is likely to go one better this season as he currently leads all comers with 33 goals, despite missing a few games throughout the season.

Perhaps most impressive about McBean is his ability to source goals from different situations.

A player of his size usually relies on their aerial ability but the tall forward is more than happy crumbing off packs or scoring goals through his smart positioning and reading of the play.

If anything, it is his contested marking ability that is the one area of his game that he will be looking to improve on before making the next step at AFL level.

The 19-year-old Calder Cannons product would perfectly complement a Richmond forward line screaming out for someone to take the pressure off main focal point Jack Riewoldt.

Tyrone Vickery shows potential but he is yet to make the centre half forward position his own.

Ben Griffiths is in a similar situation and possesses many attributes of a dominant key forward, except perhaps the most important one, confidence.

If the recent years have taught us anything it is that a well-functioning forward line needs more than one main avenue to goal.

The Roughead-Franklin combination worked well for the Hawks and now Sydney will look to capitalise on its multi-million dollar forward line investment of Tippett and Franklin.

For too long, Jack Riewoldt has shouldered the goal kicking duties at the Tigers and this makes them too predictable when heading inside the forward fifty.

But Richmond will keep its fingers and toes crossed that McBean’s exciting VFL form can progress into the AFL.

The sky is the limit for McBean.



About Jackson Clark

Born and bred in Darwin, Northern Territory, I am a young, aspiring football writer that lives and breathes the game of Australian Football. I'm also a keen player and coach.


  1. Good upon you Jackson. I too have been following the career of Young Liam, and concur totally with your summation. He will be part off the next Golden Era at Tigerland, make no mistake. There’s quite a few coming on, and with the right recruitment team in place there’ll be a few more.

  2. Malcolm Ashwood says

    Why hasn’t he received a chance then ? Vickery has been pathetic overall this year it’s not like the tigers have had a abundance of riches

  3. Is that The Wrap stirring from winter hibernation? Expecting to come to the cave’s opening to see the sash in the Spring light?

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