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Hawks happy with how Rioli has returned


Hawthorn CEO Justin Reeves says the club is thrilled with the shape star forward Cyril Rioli has returned in, after taking a personal leave of absence.

Rioli was granted compassionate leave in November for family reasons, but returned to the club yesterday. According to Reeves, the Hawks weren’t concerned with how much time off the 28-year-old took, and he has kept training away from the team.

“The dialogue with Cyril was open and honest throughout,” he told SEN Breakfast.

“We had Cyril’s welfare and family always as the first priority.

“We knew Cyril was doing some training up north and we are happy with where Cyril is at in his career, that he would do the right thing.

“He come back in really good shape and communication was constant right through, so that was fantastic.”

Hawthorn will welcome the return of Rioli with open arms, after he played just seven senior games last season before succumbing to a knee injury.

His dynamic work in the forward line will add another layer to the Hawks’ attack, along with the leadership and experience he provides to the club’s youngsters.

Did you miss Justin Reeves’ chat on SEN Breakfast this morning? Take a listen in the player below!

Cyril RIOLI Justin Reeves Hawthorn SEN Breakfast

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