Josh Gibcus, Jack Ross and Maurice Rioli Jr have extended their contracts with Richmond on the eve of the AFL finals.

Ross, a 2018 draftee, and Rioli Jr, the son of a gun picked up in last year’s draft, have extended until the end of 2024.

Gibcus will stay on until at least the end of 2025 after wasting no time putting pen to paper following an impressive debut season.

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The No.9 pick in last year’s draft has played 17 games this season.

“Josh has had an exceptional debut season of AFL football and is continuing to learn and improve his craft,” list boss Blair Hartley said.

“To play so much senior football in his first season is a great achievement for Josh as a young key position player and is a credit to the hard work he has put in since first arriving at the club.”

Maurice Rioli Jr (left) has re-signed with Richmond. Credit: Getty

Rioli has come on strong from two games in 2021 to average just under a goal per game this season, also making waves with his tackling and pressure.

“He is a great teammate that helps us to play the Richmond way,” Hartley said.

“This contract extension is reward for his hard work behind the scenes.”

Ross looms as an important cog in the Tigers’ midfield mix into the future as Dustin Martin and Trent Cotchin near retirement, with Dion Prestia also beginning next season on the wrong side of 30.

“Jack has shown across four years at the club that he has the skillset and work rate to succeed at AFL level,” Hartley said.

“It has been great to see Jack contributing to a high standard this season and this contract is a reward for his efforts on and off the field.”

Tim Taranto is eyeing off a move to Richmond or Collingwood. Credit: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

The trio could be joined at Punt Road by GWS Giants midfielder Tim Taranto next season.

The 24-year-old is deciding between the Tigers and Collingwood but is understood to be leaning towards Richmond.

On the coaching front, sacked Essendon coach Ben Rutten could be in line for a return to the Tigers.

The 39-year-old had an informal meeting with Richmond coach Damien Hardwick and other key football staff at the club’s headquarters on Friday.

Rutten, a Richmond assistant from 2015-18, could fill the void left by GWS-bound Adam Kingsley.

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