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AFL 2022: ‘Bitterly disappointing’ – West Coast Eagles boss’ parting whack as Junior Rioli requests commerce to Port Adelaide Energy

West Coast have expressed their disappointment at premiership Eagle Junior Rioli’s determination to ask for a commerce to Port Adelaide on this 12 months’s commerce interval.

The 27-year-old obtained a monetary provide from Port Adelaide that the Eagles weren’t ready to match as he appeared to maximise the worth of what might be his closing contract with the added lure of being near his accomplice’s household.

Junior Rioli celebrates after scoring a goal.

Junior Rioli celebrates after scoring a objective.Credit score:AFL Photographs

Rioli remained on West Coast’s listing after he was suspended for 2 seasons late in 2019 because of a breach of the anti-doping code for substituting a urine sample after being a key participant within the Eagles’ 2018 premiership whereas nonetheless a rookie.

He returned to senior soccer in 2022 and reached the 50-game milestone in spherical 21 in opposition to Adelaide.

He remained unsigned till late within the season as he returned dwelling to Darwin to mourn the loss of life of his father.


Port Adelaide then made a play for him and North Melbourne spoke to him earlier than the Eagles made a late bid to retain him, providing Rioli a three-year take care of a set off. Nonetheless, after assembly with Port Adelaide final week he determined to maneuver.

The view of Eagles’ CEO Trevor Nisbett was clear when the membership launched a press release after being knowledgeable, referring to West Coast’s assist of Rioli since his anti-doping violation.

“We couldn’t have accomplished any extra to assist Junior since his infraction in 2019,” Nisbett stated. “We facilitated his attraction and subsequent return to soccer, so this determination is bitterly disappointing.”



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