Richmond midfielder Dustin Martin has walked out on the club.
The Tigers expressed their extreme disappointment in the midfielder’s decision pointedly observing how much help they had given him off the field and the lengths they had gone to keep him.
Martin informed the club Monday he intended to "pursue other opportunities". He is out of contract but is not a free agent.
"Given the considerable effort we have put into Dustin's development both on and off the field, and our efforts to retain him all season, we are extremely disappointed with this decision," Richmond general manager of football Dan Richardson said.
"We are proud of the way Dustin has developed as a footballer, and as a person, in his time at Richmond, and we have been steadfast in our view that he is a required player who has an exciting football career ahead of him.
"However, we understand the business of football, and Dustin's right to pursue other opportunities.
"We have also stated previously that we are determined to adhere to our payment strategy for all of our players, many of whom have already committed to the club and its future direction during the 2013 season."