Recruited from the Northern Knights by Richmond at selection two in the 2007 NAB AFL Draft, Trent Cotchin made his debut in Round 8 the following year against Geelong. He picked up 16 possessions and kicked two goals in a taste of what was to come. Third in the NAB Rising Star in his opening season, Cotchin endured a frustrating run of injuries in 2009 and then missed games late in 2010 due to suspension.
A first uninterrupted Pre-season saw Cotchin launch into 2011 and become a week-in, week-out performer for the Tigers. His efforts in 2011 saw him awarded with his first Jack Dyer Medal as Richmond’s Best and Fairest as he collected 15 Brownlow Votes.
With a breakout season behind him, Cotchin took another step in 2012 to solidify his reputation amongst the AFL’s elite. Averaging 29 disposals and kicking 22 goals, Cotchin capped off the season with another Best and Fairest, first berth in the All-Australian team and managed to finish second in the Brownlow Medal with 26 votes. In late 2016, Cotchin was announced the joint winner of the AFL’s most coveted award with Sam Mitchell following Jobe Watson’s decision to relinquish the medal following the Court of Arbitration for Sports decision in relation to the Essendon supplements saga.
Cotchin was named Richmond’s Captain in 2013 and has brought his outstanding leadership qualities to the role. As Captain, Cotchin led the Tigers to their first final in 12 seasons. Cotchin’s football continues to maintain consistency, winning a third Jack Dyer Medal in 2014 and top 10 finishes in 2015 and 2016. Cotchin will be leaving no stone unturned over summer in an attempt to help the Tigers break back into the top eight in 2017.
The midfielder has quickly become recognised for his work in the media, providing fantastic insight into the game from a player’s perspective, particularly on Seven’s Game Day. His leadership both on and of the field along with his looks and personality make Cotchin a brilliant brand ambassador.
An ambassador for Jeep and one of Nike’s banner AFL players, Cotchin and wife Brooke married in late 2013 and are parents to two daughters – Harper Foxx and Mackenzie Foxx.