Rioli, Long’s nephew, made a shock decision to retire from football in 2018 despite being one of the league’s best small forwards.
However, in an interview on Triple M’s The Friday Huddle, Long may have accidentally mentioned the 31-year-old was training for something new whilst working in the trade business.
“Who knows..he’s maybe training to, maybe look at another opportunity,” he said.
“Clubs were enquiring about him lading into last years trade period and draft… it was just a straight no,” Barrett said.
Luke Darcy added that reuniting Rioli with the AFL would be a stellar spectacle for all.
“It’d be magical, you could imagine him stepping back in and doing something special,” Darcy said.