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Eagles happy with their own Cyril Rioli

West Coast forward Willie Rioli booted four goals against Fremantle on Sunday, and appears set to take his game to another level this season.

Eagles happy with their own Cyril Rioli

West Coast forward Willie Rioli booted four goals against Fremantle on Sunday, and appears set to take his game to another level this season.

WILLIE RIOLI of the Eagles evades Bailey Dale of the Bulldogs during the 2018 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
WILLIE RIOLI of the Eagles evades Bailey Dale of the Bulldogs during the 2018 AFL match between the Western Bulldogs and the West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. Picture:Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images

Star West Coast midfielder Luke Shuey has likened Willie Rioli to Hawthorn great Cyril Rioli, and believes the best is still to come.

Willie Rioli was a strong contributor for West Coast in last year's premiership campaign, booting 28 goals in 24 games in his debut season.


The 23-year-old appears set to take his game to another level this year after becoming even fitter over the summer.

Rioli's four-goal haul in Sunday's 51-point win over Fremantle has given fans a taste of what's to come, with the speedster set for more midfield stints this year.

Hawthorn champion Cyril Rioli, who retired last year after four flags and 189 games with Hawthorn, is Willie's cousin.

Cyril will be remembered as one of the most exciting players ever to have pulled on a Hawthorn jumper.

Willie, who famously lost 16kg in his bid to land on an AFL list, is still in the early stages of his own career.

But Shuey feels the sky is the limit for the 175cm speedster, who is two centimetres shorter than Cyril.

"He's very talented. I think him and Liam (Ryan), we've been very lucky to get (them) at the same time," Shuey said on Monday.

"Being able to go through the midfield and pinch-hit in there, a lot of people say it, but I think he's got a lot of similarities to Cyril, which is great for us.

"He can do things most of us can't, so it's nice to sit back and watch every now and then.

"Obviously there was a lot of talk about him getting himself into shape, and now I think he's starting to realise how good he can be himself.

"We're seeing what getting a full pre-season into him can do for players like him."

Rioli, Ryan and Daniel Venables have added blistering pace to West Coast's attacking half.

But Shuey reckons Jack Petruccelle might be the quickest of the lot.

Petruccelle is a strong chance to earn a round-one berth against Brisbane Lions following his impressive pre-season.

"I've been on the end of one of his chasedowns as well at training," Shuey said.

"He played a few games through the year (last season), and I think he's realised how quick he is and not many blokes can catch him.

"He's found new ways to try and take the game on and I don't think he needs a whole lot of footy to have an impact, which is nice."

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