Port Adelaide’s push to poach Junior Rioli has reached a brand new stage after making an “aggressive” provide for the West Coast Eagles premiership ahead.
Rioli is out of contract and weighing up his choices amid curiosity from across the AFL.
The 27-year-old kicked 14 targets in 13 video games for West Coast this 12 months upon his return from a doping ban that worn out his 2020 and 2021 seasons.
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The Eagles have expressed confidence in their capacity to re-sign Rioli – who final prolonged his deal in 2019, previous to his suspension.
Contract talks, nonetheless, had been placed on maintain following the current demise of his father and subsequent time away from the membership.
7NEWS Perth’s Ryan Daniels studies West Coast have a ‘significant’ provide on the desk to match Port’s proposal.
However the Eagles’ deal would come with extra circumstances, he added.
Rioli just isn’t a free agent and would require a trade to get to Port Adelaide, with the Eagles unlikely to roll over in trade talks.
“I’m told many at West Coast were disappointed by the approach, and of the consideration from Rioli, given the work they’ve put in with him off-field during and since his two-year ban,” Daniels mentioned.
Rioli earned his likelihood in the AFL with the Eagles after taking part in with Glenelg in the SANFL.
He gained the premiership in his debut 2018 season, kicking 28 targets in 24 video games for West Coast – together with one in the grand closing win over Collingwood.
Port’s bid to convey Rioli again to South Australia comes after Robbie Grey’s retirement following the tip of their season.