Exciting West Coast speedster Willie Rioli has penned a new deal with the Eagles that will see him remain at the club until the end of the 2022 season.
The 23-year old’s career has been one of highs and lows, with his debut year at the Eagles marred by hamstring injuries, managing just the four senior WAFL appearances.
Rioli returned to football in 2018 in an exceptional manner, booting 28 goals from 24 games, capped off with a premiership medal.
Rioli is yet to play this season, battling a stress related foot injury sustained during the preseason, but remains on track for a return to first team football within a fortnight if the final stages of recovery follow as planned.
Eagles General Manager Craig Vozzo stated he was thrilled to have Rioli add two more years to his contract.
“Willie had a wonderful 2018 campaign, where he showed terrific growth on and off the field. We are absolutely delighted to have him sign on long term with the football club,” Vozzo told the club website.
“He is in many ways the all-round package as a forward who can also play through the midfield. He has a great blend of skill and aggression at the contest. He helps us both offensively and defensively.”
“Willie is now one of the more experienced players in our forward line. Following the retirement of Mark LeCras, his standing in the forward line alongside Jamie Cripps is really important, both from a leadership and performance point of view.”
Rioli added that he was overjoyed to put pen to paper on a new deal.
“I’m pretty stoked that the club came to me and said we want you to sign a contract extension,” Rioli said.
“It was something I didn’t want to have to think (about) too much while I was in my rehab, so I’m happy to get it done.”
“West Coast gave me the opportunity to be where I am today. I’m kind of grateful and just hope that we can keep the success happening.”