Hawthorn premiership forward Cyril Rioli eyeing a Round 1 return

HE MAY not have played a competitive match in 304 days.

But Cyril Rioli looks set to line up in Hawthorn’s Round 1 match against Collingwood.

The four-time premiership player has endured a tough 12 months, not only on the injury front, but with his father suffering a heart attack.

Rioli’s pre-season was delayed because of his father’s ill health, with the 28-year-old remaining in the Northern Territory to care for his family.

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Despite the livewire forward missing both of Hawthorn’s pre-season matches, the club is excited by Rioli’s progress at training.