West Coast forward Junior Rioli declared happiness, stability and the opportunity to set himself up for life were driving his decisions as he prepares to request a trade to Port Adelaide.
The out of contract Rioli met the Power on Monday and while he has yet to make a trade request, it appears a matter of time before he leaves the Eagles.
“Hopefully. We’ll see how we go. I’ll see if my manager can look after me and work out a good thing,” Rioli told Channel 9.
“If I can set myself up for the rest of my life.
“I’ve been through too much in the last 18 months. I want to make the most of being in the industry I am now.”
Rioli said he had been discussing his future with his father before he recently passed away.
The premiership forward has been through a tumultuous three years after being banned for two years after twice substituting urine during drug tests.
He was later caught with marijuana while attempting to board a plane in Darwin and received a 12-month good behaviour bond.
He returned to the AFL this season and kicked 14 goals from 13 games. But he is now on the verge of taking his young family back to SA after he was drafted from SANFL club Glenelg.
Rioli said being happy again was one of his primary goals.
“To play your best footy, you’ve got to be comfortable,” Rioli said.
“I learnt that when I wasn’t playing footy. I was playing good footy but I wasn’t comfortable.
“I wasn’t stable. If I can be stable, I know I’ll get the best out of my footy.”
Rioli isn’t a free agent and Port Adelaide will have to reach a trade agreement with West Coast to complete a deal. The Power currently have picks 8, 52 and 56. West Coast have not returned calls.
“I think they understand that I’m exploring my options. I haven’t made the decision to leave yet. I’m just exploring options at the moment,” he said.
“I just want it to all blow over real quick you know and we’ll get to a decision whenever we get to a decision.”