PERTH, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 19: Drew Petrie looks on during a West Coast Eagles AFL training session at Subiaco Oval on November 19, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Former North Melbourne great Drew Petrie is set to make a sensational comeback to footy, making a return in the WAFL to play his first game since retiring at West Coast in 2017.

Petrie, who works in a coaching role at the Eagles, was reportedly convinced by West Coast coach and former teammate Adam Simpson to come out of retirement and play for the West Coast Reserves, as a result of a lack of numbers and key position players within the West Coast outfit at the moment.

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“Because of a set of circumstances, with a number of injuries to taller player on our list, I was approached by the club to see if I had any interest in building up my level of fitness to a level where I could play,” Petrie told

“I thought about it for a few days, felt that I could help out by filling a void and over the last month or so I have been increasing my training to a point where I believe I can contribute and assist the development of our younger players.”

The 36-year-old could make his return as early as this weekend against East Fremantle, in what is bound to be Eagles Ruckman Nic Naitanui’s first game back since tearing his ACL in the back half of the 2018 AFL season.