AFL star Dustin Martin is spotted for the first time since his father suddenly died in December

AFL superstar Dustin Martin has stepped out for the first time since his father Shane’s sudden passing in December. 

On Friday, the 30-year-old Richmond Tigers player attended a training session alongside his teammates at Punt Road Oval in Melbourne.

The heavily tattooed sportsman was dressed in his black and yellow training singlet and a pair of black shorts.

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He’s back! On Friday, AFL superstar Dustin Martin (pictured) stepped out for training alongside his Richmond Tiger’s teammates, making it the first time since the tragic passing of his dad Shane last month

He donned high-top white socks and mix of bright orange, yellow and white football boots by Nike. 

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While at training, Dustin was focused and even cracked a few smiles as he undertook drills with his fellow Richmond players. 

During the training session, Dustin joined his team for sprints, ball passing and drop kicks.

Drills: Dustin joined his team at Punt Road Oval in Melbourne

Dustin’s first outing comes one month after he tragically lost his father Shane Martin.

In December, Dustin’s father Shane died in New Zealand where he has been living since being deported from Australia on character grounds in 2016. 

The cause of death is unknown. 

Supportive teammates:  While at training, Dustin was focused as he undertook drills with his fellow Richmond players

Good catch! The AFL star looked every bit the legendary sportsman on the field 

Kick it! Dustin undertook an intense looking a drop kick on Friday 

Tragic death: Last month, Dustin’s father Shane (right) died in New Zealand where he has been living since being deported from Australia on character grounds in 2016

‘The Richmond Football Club can confirm the passing of Shane Martin, the father of player Dustin Martin,’ the club said in a brief statement at the time. 

‘The club extends its heartfelt sympathy to Dustin, his brothers Bronson and Tyson and the entire Martin family.’

NZ Police went to a property on the street on which Shane Martin lived, where a man was found dead.  

Statement: ‘The Richmond Football Club can confirm the passing of Shane Martin, the father of player Dustin Martin,’ the club said in a brief statement at the time

Richmond granted Dustin permission to fly overseas to visit his father in April when the travel bubble opened. 

The pair shared a close bond but had not seen each other for 12 months prior to that visit because of travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.

‘It’s been a massive challenge, but it is what it is,’ Martin told Fox Footy in March. 

Special love: ‘I love my dad and he’s made me the man I am today,’ he said in March

Close bond: The pair shared a close bond but had not seen each other for 12 months prior to that visit because of travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic

‘I love my dad and he’s made me the man I am today. I’ve got full belief he’ll (be) back here to watch us win another flag. 

‘That’s my dream to be able to have the old man up there (in the grandstand) with the rest of my family and watch the Tiges win another flag.’ 

Dustin has long-been a Tiger, as he made his AFL debut in the opening round of the 2010 season for Richmond.

Tiger legend: Dustin has long-been a Tiger, as he made his AFL debut in the opening round of the 2010 season for Richmond