‘We are here for Willie’: West Coast defender Brad Sheppard says teammates supporting Rioli amid case delay

West Coast’s All-Australian defender Brad Sheppard says Willie Rioli’s teammates proceed to help him because the wait for an end result to his doping case drags on.

It’s now greater than 520 days since Rioli and the Eagles have been advised of a doping infraction discover for allegedly tampering with a urine pattern late within the 2019 season.

He subsequently additionally returned a constructive submit match take a look at to traces of hashish however it’s anticipated to be the urine tampering cost that may carry most weight when he’s sentenced.

The offence carries a penalty of as much as 4 years.

Sheppard says many of the workforce remains to be in contact with Rioli.

“Simply maintaining tabs to see how he is going and check out him,” he stated.

“He is a mate to quite a lot of the gamers here. Nothing actually about footy, simply how he is going.”

“Everyone knows it has been a reasonably tough time for him over the course of the final couple of years, so we simply need to preserve tabs and see how he is going.”

“I feel the entire footy world want to discover out both method what is going on on, so hopefully that may occur quickly.”

Willie Rioli is seen during a West Coast Eagles training session in 2019.
Digicam IconWillie Rioli is seen throughout a West Coast Eagles coaching session in 2019. Credit score: RICHARD WAINWRIGHT/AAPIMAGE

Sheppard has additionally performed down the importance of a few key pre-season Eagles accidents and believed they have been in fine condition for the season.

Elliot Yeo is battling an ongoing groin concern whereas captain Luke Shuey (calf) and veteran ahead Josh Kennedy are additionally on managed applications.

Sheppard says it was a marathon season and it was how the workforce obtained via it that mattered, not simply the beginning.

“We have a few guys on the sidelines who must be again within the subsequent few weeks. Early levels the boys are monitoring very well. They’re all constructive.”

“There’s nonetheless one other six or seven weeks earlier than spherical one. Whether or not they rise up for spherical one, they’re all constructive they are going to be, so it is simply pre-season video games.”

“Ideally, you have obtained everybody match and able to go for spherical one, but when they do not rise up it is a lengthy 12 months.”