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AFTER nearly walking away from AFL, Richmond champion Alex Rance has since found balance – in all areas of his life.

His well-publicized flirtation with retirement at the age of 25 confused many footy fans, but for Rance it was a simple equation.

“Energy in versus energy out,” he said. “There was a time in my career where I had to weight that up.”

Establishing balance – in football and life – has been the key to his on and off-field success.

“If you want to be the greatest, you should be chasing yourself, not someone else,” he said.

Rance described the 2017 AFL Grand Final as “one of the most exhausting games I’ve ever played”.

“A Premiership was something that eluded the Richmond football club for 35 years, but it was a pursuit that the players – and more importantly the fans – never gave up on,” said Rance.

“For the fans, those feelings are the same, so I’m excited to be a part of a campaign that will deliver 13 years of AFL Grand Finals to some lucky winners – hopefully they’ll be able to see their team up there once or twice."