Grimes confident Dusty will stay

Richmond defender Dylan Grimes is confident out-of-contract superstar Dustin Martin will re-sign, as the Tigers march to September glory.

Martin is a free agent in career-best form being lured by multiple clubs on lucrative, multi-year deals.

But Grimes is adamant the 26-year-old Brownlow Medal favourite will reaffirm his commitment to Punt Rd.

"I've been confident from the start that Dusty wasn't going to go anywhere," Grimes told ESPN.

"I think a lot of it's been external hype. It's not something that's talked about from a playing group. We worry about what we can control.

"Dusty is an absolute star of the competition, so I'm looking forward to playing with him next year."

As the hysteria surrounding Martin's future swells, Grimes said the hoopla has had little impact on the playing group.

"We've invested a hell of a lot in our game-day culture where we can control what we can control. It doesn't really come up in conversation in the locker rooms at all or around the club," he said.

"We've had such great management from a list management perspective, that our list is in a great spot and Dusty will be a part of that going forward."