Rumour Cyril Rioli meets with Stuey Dew to discuss an AFL comeback with the Suns

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Mitchell Madness

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He can’t just return to Hawthorn
AFL introduced a rule back in early 2000s allowing former clubs to re-sign retired players outside the draft (Essendon got paul salmon back this way)
It also allowed hawks to get hodge back after he retired (and paperwork lodged)
 

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Hawkie_McHawkHawk

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If any merit- don’t do it Cyril. Stewie Dew and Rioli completely different athletic styles, Cyril would find he cant maneuver his way around the ground quite like he used to, and his poor old hamstrings wouldn’t last more than a handful of games I don’t think. I don’t think it would be a worthy comeback.
 

chickentendies

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There's some element of truth to this - they have been in talks but my (admittedly limited) understanding is it's more to do with a back office/mentoring role to do with indigenous programs.
 

HTPunter

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He's not coming back.

If anything, there may be a meeting to do with the NT next gen academy or something. Coaching or scouting role or similar.

He's not coming back to play. He's an "old" 31 year old by conditioning and injury history standards. List sizes are being cut.
 
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