Lefau’s rookie season cut short

New Zealander, Mykelti Lefau has had his rookie season for the Richmond Tigers cut short, after scans confirmed he ruptured his ACL in his left knee in the round 12 match against Geelong. Mykelti had a previous ACL injury in his right knee in 2022 playing in the VFL.

On of Richmond’s shining lights in what has been a tough, injury plagued season for them, Mykelti Lefau has been one of their most promising rising talents. Making his debut for the club just 34 days after signing his first professional AFL contract, Mykelti quickly asserted himself into the position of being a regular starter for the side.

His athleticism, strength and goal kicking accuracy has made him one of Richmond’s most consistent goal kickers and one of their key targets up front, kicking 14 goals in 10 games with 66.7% accuracy. his strong rugby league background also makes him a nightmare for defenders, with his slick footwork and powerful fends.

Off to a hot start in Richmond’s game against Geelong, Mykelti kicked two goals in the first quarter including the opening goal of the game, before later having to leave the field after suffering the knee injury.

Richmond General Manager, Football Performance Tim Livingstone said it was shattering news for the talented Lefau.

“Football can be a cruel game sometimes, and for Mykelti, who has been in terrific form, this is an unfortunate way for his debut season to finish,” he added.

“Mykelti has not put a foot wrong since he joined our AFL program in the pre-season, and we know he will attack his rehab with the same professionalism and energy that has held him in such strong stead this season.

“We will give him our support every step of the way and help him to return to action and to continue with his promising career in 2025.”