Puntroadend sponsored player Dean Polo has kindly answered some PREnder's questions  which geoffryprettyboy forwarded to him recently.  Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us Dean.  It's greatly appreciated.  Congratulations on your brilliant senior debut.

PRE-What was you sporting background as a teenager?

Dean-At age played Indoor soccer, basketball, football & cricket. Played all these sports to age 16 and then concentrated on football.

PRE-What stages did you progress through in your pathway to AFL?

Dean-Played TAC Cup for Gippsland U15 – U18, Nationals for Vic Country.

PRE-What areas have you worked on most?

 Dean-Last year skills and kicking generally

PRE-Which team did you support before joining Richmond?

Dean -Hawthorn

PRE-Which player(s) did you admire growing up?

Dean-Jason Dunstall & Shane Crawford.

PRE-Which players at Richmond do you hang out with the most?

Dean-Luke McGuane, Dean Limbach & Adam Pattison

PRE-Who/What has been the biggest influence on your football career?

Dean-My parents.

PRE-Which position at Richmond suits you?

 DeanFavourite positions are half back flank & centre.

PRE-What do you do to relax?

 Dean-Watch TV and movies.

PRE-As a footballer what do you consider as your strength and what do you think you can improve?

 Dean-My strengths are my contested possessions and endurance. I can improve my skills.

PRE-How do you find Andy Collin’s influence at Coburg?

Dean-He is really good with young players and knows his football. 

PRE-Except for the added training, what’s the first thing you noticed at Richmond?

Dean-Is a massive step up in all aspects of the game from junior football. 

PRE-Have you modelled yourself on anyone in particular at the club since being drafted?

Dean-Shane Tuck, Mark Coughlan & Kane Johnston. 

PRE-Do you do extra training sessions working on your kicking & pace?


PRE-When playing on-ball, how many kilometres do you think you are capable of running at this stage of you development?

Dean-At this stage I think I cover about 17 – 18 Kms. 

PRE-Who do you rate as the most talented youngster at Richmond apart from Deledio?

Dean-Cleve Hughes

Click on the pictures below to relive Dean's 3 goals in his best on ground debut  for Richmond.


Dean Polo

Dean Polo



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Recruited From:

Wy Yung/Gippsland U18

Date of Birth:

5 August 1986

The step from country Victoria (he hails from Wy Yung in Gippsland) to a city lifestyle and senior football was a daunting one for Richmond’s fifth pick (20th overall) of the 2004 NAB AFL Draft. But by the end of 2005, he’d progressed through the Coburg reserves and seniors to the cusp of AFL selection. More work on his skills will complement his excellent fitness base and could provide the Tigers with a readymade on-baller.

Draft history: 2004 National Bank's AFL Draft 2nd round selection (Richmond) No. 20 overall. 
Player Statistics - Dean Polo
AFL 2006 Premiership Season
Round Date vs. K H P M HO T FF FA G B
Round 6 06/05/2006 Essendon 11 17 28 6 0 1 0 0 3 0
Round 7 13/05/2006 Sydney Swans 6 2 8 3 0 2 0 0 0 0
Round 8 20/05/2006 Adelaide 8 1 9 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
From richmondfc.com.au