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Deledio farewells Tigers in sentimental message

Deledio will don a Greater Western Sydney jersey in 2017. Photo: Getty
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Richmond star Brett Deledio has farewelled Tigers fans with a heartfelt message on social media.

The midfielder, who served under the Richmond sash for twelve seasons, was traded to the Greater Western Sydney Giants after initially requesting a move to Geelong.

Deledio has not spoken publicly since the trade was announced, but took to Instagram and Facebook to thank loyal Tigers fans for their support over the years.

Hello everyone, From blonde tips and skinny arms to twelve years later and a fresh start. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the RFC for all that they have done for me since I arrived in 2004. I am incredibly grateful for the support, faith and guidance the club has shown in me. Not only developing me into an AFL footballer, but also helping me turn into the person I have become. I've met so many wonderful people at Tigerland over the years, many of which I am proud to call my close friends. To the Tiger faithful, thank you for sticking with me and the club through thick and thin in the time I have been at the club. We have had some ups and downs but there you were, every weekend, cheering on the boys with that famous Tiger roar that always sent chills down my spine whenever we were making a charge at the MCG. While I have decided to have a fresh start, Richmond will always hold a special place in my heart and I will always be forever grateful of the influence the club has had on me. I have always relished a challenge and I can't wait to embark on a new journey with the Giants. I hope the experience will be a successful one, but most importantly, it's a chance for me to learn some new things about our great game from a different perspective. Thanks again, Lids

A photo posted by BD3 (@brettdeledio03) on

Captioning an image of a much younger Deledio with blonde tips and self-described “skinny arms”, the footballer paid tribute to the club and its fanbase.

“We have had some ups and downs but there you were, every weekend, cheering on the boys with that famous Tiger roar that always sent chills down my spine whenever we were making a charge at the MCG,” he wrote in a post that gained thousands of likes.

“While I have decided to have a fresh start, Richmond will always hold a special place in my heart and I will always be forever grateful of the influence the club has had on me.”

Deledio arrived at Richmond in 2004 as the number one draft pick and vice-captained the side between 2013 and 2016.

However, leg injuries have plagued the Jack Dyer medallist during the past two years, frustrating both Deledio and fans alike.

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