A “bitterly upset” West Coast have expressed their dismay at Junior Rioli’s need to go away the AFL membership in a commerce to Port Adelaide.
Rioli performed within the Eagles’ 2018 premiership group and was supported by the membership throughout a two-year doping ban.
West Coast had provided him a multi-year deal however the membership will now search a commerce given the 27-year-old is just not a free agent.
“We couldn’t have achieved any extra to assist Junior since his infraction in 2019,” West Coast chief govt Trevor Nisbett mentioned in a press release.
“We facilitated his enchantment and subsequent return to soccer, so this resolution is bitterly disappointing.
“We’ll put that disappointment to at least one aspect now and work to rearrange an acceptable commerce for a participant who has excessive finish expertise, is a premiership participant and is within the prime of his profession, having performed simply 51 video games of senior soccer.
“Junior has made his resolution and whereas he has indicated Port is his most well-liked vacation spot we are going to work to get the most effective end result for our membership.”