MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 11: Kade Simpson of the Blues warms up prior to the round 21 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Carlton Blues at Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 11, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

The West Coast Eagles have been urged to consider drafting retired Carlton defender Kade Simpson after the 342-game great revealed he would be open to making a return to the AFL.

Speaking on the Dyl and Friends podcast, Simpson stated he still wished he was playing and would be ready to make a comeback to the league.

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“If someone did come knocking, I’m ready,” he said.

The 2013 John Nicholls Medal winner would be desirable for several AFL clubs currently looking to contend for the premiership, with Simpson offering great run and carry out of defence.

Speaking on SportsdayBrownlow medallist Gerard Healy suggested the Eagles should consider prying Simpson out west given their current plague of injuries.

“I’m not sure where Kade is at, but if I’m the West Coast Eagles and I’m skinny in the midfield right now, you’ve got a forward line and a defence that can win you a flag and yet all of a sudden they’re down Elliot Yeo, they’re down Luke Shuey, Shannon Hurn’s gone down and their depth in that area is not great,” Healy said.

“You could get Simpson for nothing … I wouldn’t close off my views on whether anyone who just retired could play.”

The Eagles currently don’t have a list spot open ahead of the June 2 Mid-Season Draft, but would be able to open up an opportunity for Simpson should a player sustain a long-term injury.

Forward Daniel Venables has faced a long battle with concussion and has previously been considered as an option to be moved to the long-term injury list.