In an embarrassing ‘administrative error’, the Richmond Football Club has revealed Damien Hardwick’s contract extension is actually until the end of 2081, not 2018 as originally reported.
Under the contract, Hardwick will now coach the Tigers until he is 109 years old.
“Upon examining the contract, it appears instead of writing 2018 everywhere, we wrote 2081,” said Richmond CEO Brendon Gale.
“The work experience kid we got to do the negotiations and draw up the contract has already completed their two weeks here, otherwise we would sack them immediately.
“While it’s not what we set out to do, the stability it provides is amazing, we can really plan for the long term now.”
A source close to the negotiations said the mistake may be a result of the Tigers insisting on completing all paperwork using crayons.
Paying out Hardwick is now beyond Richmond’s finances until at least the mid 2060s.
Richmond president Peggy O’Neal said it was actually a positive that Hardwick now had the rare opportunity to develop youth at the club over the long term.
“This typo has actually enabled Damien to focus on the kids and even the yet to be conceived children of those kids.”
“He can immediately commence planning for the day he will coach Jack Riewoldt’s grand children.”
Richmond fan Sally Burton said the revelation was ‘disappointing’, a ‘nightmare come true’ but ‘not surprising’.
“Really, I’ve probably seen worst stuff ups by a Richmond administration. I mean Tambling.
“I suppose if you take enough steps backwards you could eventually end up where you want to go.”