After agreeing to a seven-year deal with the 24-year-old midfielder, the Tigers sent the Giants pick 12 and 19 in this year’s draft as trade compensation.
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Taranto, the No.2 pick in the 2016 draft, joins Richmond having won one club best and fairest award during his 114-game stint with the Giants in 2019, the year the AFL’s newest club was comprehensively beaten by the Tigers in the grand final.
“Tim is a player we admire because of his obvious on-field ability and also his work rate, high standards and leadership traits,” Richmond’s GM of football, Blair Hartley, said in a statement of the acquisition of Taranto.
“At only 24 years of age, Tim has a lot of very good football ahead of him, and we are delighted that he will have the opportunity to do that in yellow and black.
“We think Tim will be a very popular player among his new teammates, coaches, staff, and of course, our supporter base.”
Richmond is also expected to add Taranto’s Giants teammate Jacob Hopper during the trade period, with the 25-year-old also agreeing to a lucrative deal with the club.
“They’re re-loading big time, this is going to be a great year next year,” former AFL recruiter Matt Rendell told AFL Trade Radio of the Taranto acquisition.
Giants GM of fooball Jason McCartney said the club was happy to strengthen its draft hand in the Taranto deal.
”While we’d clearly prefer to keep all of our players, circumstances dictate otherwise and we’re thrilled to secure a fantastic outcome for the Giants,” he said in a club statement.
“We worked with Richmond to secure a suitable trade for our club, and we’re excited to take an extremely strong hand into this year’s draft to continue to build a successful list and add to our group with some of the country’s top talent.
“I would like to thank Tim for his contribution to the Giants over the past six years. He’s been a committed and consistent player for our club but received a lucrative offer elsewhere that he simply couldn’t refuse.
“We wish Tim all the best for the future.”
The Giants were in the thick of the action on the opening day of the trade period, sending young forward Ian ‘Bobby’ Hill to Collingwood.
A year after he’d requested a trade to Essendon, Hill was to the Magpies along with pick 40 in exchange for pick 43 and a future second-round pick.
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