Dustin Martin returns to Richmond Tigers, personal leave, training, latest, father dies

Richmond superstar Dustin Martin has returned to the club for the first time since his personal leave.

Last month, Martin took indefinite personal leave from the Tigers, sparking questions over his footballing future despite being contracted until 2024.

But Norm Smith’s three-time medalist was back at the club on Saturday to take part in a light training session ahead of Sunday’s Anzac Day Eve clash against Melbourne.

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Martin is mourning the death of his father Shane, who died in New Zealand in December, and spent time in Sydney with the blessing of the Tigers.

There is still no deadline for his return to the field.

Dustin Martin returned to Punt Road on Saturday (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“It was really good to see him. He looks healthy and we’re delighted he’s back here,” teammate Jack Riewoldt told Channel 7.

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said during the week that Martin was “in a better space”.

“When we know more, we’ll definitely give you more information, but at this point it’s the same thing,” Hardwick said.

“We ask that you respect his privacy and we will continue to monitor the situation and provide information as it becomes available.”

Martin’s last game was Richmond’s first-round loss to Carlton on March 17.

The three-time premiership star and 2017 Brownlow medalist has made 261 AFL appearances since his debut in 2010.

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