Eagles Ruckman Runs Away, Recruits For MCG Debut

Luke Strnadica has retired from the West Coast Eagles.

The 24-year-old ruckman has retired for personal reasons after playing two AFL games with the club.

Formerly on the Fremantle roster, Strnadica joined the Eagles through the additional roster earlier this year, playing against Port Adelaide and Richmond in rounds 6 and 7.

Eagles coach Adam Simpson said Strnadica concluded that elite-level footy was not for him and that he had left the club.

“We’re all dealing with different kinds of issues and I think Luke came to the conclusion that footy wasn’t for him,” he said. SEN WA is The Run Home.

“He did the right thing, he left and he will take care of himself for a while and make sure he gets himself well and ready for the next phase of his life.

“We only had him for a short time, he only played a few games for us, which we really appreciated.

“We wish him all the best for his future endeavours.”

Simpson also spoke about Wille Rioli Jr whose father Willie Snr passed away this week.

The premiership attacker has returned to the Tiwi Islands to be with his family and is getting all the support he needs from the club.

“What Willie finds difficult is that his house is so far away. Tiwi Islands is not just around the corner,” he said of the 27-year-old.

“When he found out, we all gathered around him and the boys gathered.

“He’s back home and now he’s taking care of his family as best he can. We also try to take the best possible care of him.

“Especially when these things happen, your heart goes out to the family, but there’s not much you can do but support him and give him as much time as he needs, get everything in order at home and make sure his family lasts as long as he does. need. the best they can.”

Better news for the Eagles: Mid-season draftee Jai Culley will make his AFL debut against Hawthorn in the MCG on Sunday.

Simpson indicated that it will be a significant moment for the Victorian, who joined the club just a month ago, to take his bow on the iconic ground that holds great memories of the 2018 prime ministers.

“Jai Culley will play his first ever game in the MCG this week,” Simpson added.

“I’m sure he’s seen too many games to see. That’s the history of the ground, that everyone has a memory. It’s not just AFL, it could be cricket, it could be anything.

“That’s the look of the ‘G. We only play there twice a year, unless you play the final.

“Unfortunately, we are only playing there twice this year.”

Star ruckman Nic Naitanui is out of the meeting with the Hawks due to knee pain, while Jack Petruccelle (hamstring) and Rioli (personal) join him on the sidelines.

Culley will be joined by veteran little forward Jamie Cripps, as well as Alex Witherden, Jackson Nelson, Callum Jamieson and Xavier O’Neill in the expanded roster.