Eagles to decide Rioli fate next week

The Eagles will decide next week whether Willie Rioli has a future at the AFL club.

Rioli yesterday escaped conviction after being caught with cannabis at Darwin Airport last month.

Eagles coach Adam Simpson said it was really disappointing.

“Obviously we’re working through it as a club and getting a bit more facts and speaking to all the stakeholders, and we’ll make the call on Willie’s future in the next week or so.

“I think they might have had a meeting this morning, with the CEO (Trevor Nisbett) with a few of the stakeholders, and I’ll be having further conversations in the next couple of days.

“Talk to the players, see how they feel, and then also understand we’ve got a game to prepare for as well.”

Simpson said he understands peoples opinion that Rioli may have used up his chances and could not confirm that if Rioli was to return to the club whether he would return to training on June 20 as expected once his two-year backdated ban for tampering with samples in anti-doping tests.

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