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Rioli's AFL career remains in limbo after speaking to Eagles CEO


Willie Rioli remains in footy limbo, with West Coast yet to grant him entry back to the club following his latest drugs transgression.

A remorseful Rioli has spoken to Eagles CEO Trevor Nisbett to apologise, but the club is still discussing Rioli’s future at board level, while canvassing the thoughts of the players.

The forward had been given permission to train with West Coast from June 20 and resume playing on August 20 after serving an AFL suspension for urine substitution.

But the 25-year-old forward was last week placed on a good behaviour bond after pleading to guilty to drug possession on April 23 at Darwin Airport.

Rioli remains in Darwin with his football future still up in the air. Should West Coast allow him to return to the club, the olive branch is likely to come with a unique set of guidelines.

It’s understood Rioli would be open to having more stringent parameters placed on him, with the belief that once again being enveloped by the AFL environment and West Coast would be good for him after a difficult period away from the game.

Rioli was last month caught by Northern Territory police with 24.23 grams of cannabis - 15 months after he was suspended from the AFL for substituting his urine during an anti-doping drug test. Rioli also tested positive to a metabolite of cannabis during a different drug test.

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Quaddie EDM@2x

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