West Coast star Willie Rioli has been spotted for the first time since the tragic death of his father, returning to training on Monday ahead of the club’s clash with Gold Coast.
Rioli, 27, was granted indefinite leave following the shock passing of Willie Rioli Sr earlier this month and has spent the last fortnight with family and friends in the Northern Territory.
Eagles coach Adam Simpson revealed on Sunday that Rioli is one of four potential inclusions for the club when the Eagles travel to Metricon Stadium for round 20.
Simpson said he expects Nic Naitanui (knee), Elliot Yeo (hamstring) and Jack Petruccelle (hamstring) to return from injury to face Gold Coast on Sunday, while the club confirmed Rioli was back in Perth on Monday morning.
Rioli appeared fit and in good spirits, joining Petruccelle and the Eagles WAFL contingent for a light session at Mineral Resources Park, while the AFL side packed up early after walking a few laps.
West Coast midfielder Tim Kelly was joined by forwards coach Luke Webster for most of the 15-minute exercise.
The 27-year-old managed just four touches against St Kilda, the lowest disposal output of his 99-game career.
Naitanui did not hit the training track, while Yeo joined a small group that included Jai Culley, Connor West, Isiah Winder, Jack Willams and Zane Trew. There was no sign of Jack Redden or Liam Ryan.
Eagles wingman Andrew Gaff was also spotted ahead of what will be his milestone 250th game against the Suns.