Dustin Martin attends funeral of British expat in Sydney as Tigers star returns to New South Wales
Dustin Martin flies to Sydney for the funeral of a British expatriate, 33, who was killed in an accident – as speculation mounts, the Tigers star could make a permanent move to New South Wales
- Dustin Martin was spotted at a funeral in Sydney on Friday afternoon
- Richmond star paid his respects to friend Hamish Locke, 33
- Martin recently spent time in NSW and is believed to want to move up north
- Last month it was reported that ‘secret talks’ were underway with Sydney Swans
Dustin Martin was pictured in Sydney when the Richmond star attended a funeral following the death of his friend.
Martin recently spent time in New South Wales mourning the death of his father late last year, with the Tigers agreeing an indefinite leave period for the three-time AFL champion.
The 30-year-old is said to love Sydney and reports suggest he has his eye on a move to one of the city’s two AFL clubs – the Swans or the Giants – and last month Tigers boss Damien Hardwick said he wouldn’t be in Martin’s club. way if he chose to go north.
And on Friday, Martin was snapped with his family attending a funeral for friend Hamish Locke at Macquarie Park Lawn Cemetery in Sydney.
Locke – an expatriate from Scotland – died last month at the age of 33 in an accident and Martin joined family and friends to pay his respects.
A fundraiser was founded after Locke’s death by friend Benjamin Vivian and donations total $70,000.
Dustin Martin was in Sydney on Friday to pay his respects to a friend who died last month
The Richmond superstar was pictured with family and friends at Hamish Locke’s funeral
The 30-year-old spent time in NSW earlier this year and is ‘in love’ with Sydney, fueling rumors of a Tigers departure
RIP Hamish Locke. Words cannot express what I’m feeling today, my brother,” read the fundraiser’s page. ‘Yesterday we lost you, a man who was one of life’s truly wonderful characters.
“To anyone who knew Hamish, he was not only incredibly talented, charming, generous, funny and smart – he had that special spark that only a small fraction of people reach. He lit up a room wherever he went and he had such an amazing influence on everyone lucky enough to meet him.
“He was the best older brother, business partner and friend I could have wished for. He has changed my life for the better in so many ways and I am so thankful for our beautiful friendship and brotherhood. I hope you found your father up there, mate and I know you missed him terribly – God bless you Hamish.”
Martin has won three flags with Richmond, but Damien Hardwick would give the green light to a move
Richmond CEO Peggy O’Neal admitted last month that Martin is drawn to the opportunity to leave the ‘fishbowl’ that is Melbourne’s eager AFL community.
The Herald Sun have reported that the Swans have begun secret talks with Martin’s manager, Ralph Carr, who has previously stated that his client “loves Sydney”.
“Talks are tentative at this stage as there are many moving parts, but there is little doubt that Dusty wants to live in Sydney,” a source in Martin’s camp told the publication.