MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 18: Willie Rioli of the Eagles celebrates after scoring a goal during the round 22 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the West Coast Eagles at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 18, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

West Coast Eagles coach Adam Simpson has declared the club will soon discuss a decision to see if Willie Rioli should make his AFL return this season.

Rioli is nearing the end of his ASADA ban, with an official return coming on August 20.

The 26-year-old has already been allowed to train with teammates from July 20, but the next deadline is set to open up debate with the Eagles' top brass.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 08: Luke Shuey and Willie Rioli of the Eagles celebrate a goal during the round 16 AFL match between the West Coast Eagles and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Optus Stadium on July 8, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Speaking on 3AW Sportsday, Simpson stated there are several factors in weighing up Rioli's immediate future, but revealed his delight to see the crafty forward's smooth re-amalgamation with his teammates.

"It depends where we're at", Simpson said.

"If we're in contention and playing finals and looking for our best side ... I think we've always said internally that we need to work through it with our leaders about where they sit with Willie [Rioli] and how connected they are with him and that's been really positive.

"He's done everything he can to work towards the redemption and it's been really pleasing and obviously he hasn't lost his talent.

"If that continues, I can't say how we can at least talk about it and see where we're at with it at all."

However, Simpson admitted it might be tough to find a spot for Rioli among other competing players at his position.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17: Adam Simpson, Senior Coach of the Eagles coach addresses the team at three quarter time break during the 2019 AFL round 09 match between the West Coast Eagles and the Melbourne Demons at Optus Stadium on May 17, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos)

"In saying that all that, there's probably a player that has been playing in that spot all year so that discussion needs to be had as well.

"We haven't got to where we need to be, but we're on our way."

The Eagles currently occupy seventh place on the ladder, and will be hoping to add another four premiership points this weekend as they host fellow finals hopefuls St Kilda in Perth on Saturday.