Eagles delist premiership forward

01 December 2020 20:52:26 GMTPlus11

West Coast Eagles have delisted premiership forward Daniel Venables but say they will do all they can to help him return to playing senior football with the club once again.

Venables was part of the Eagles set-up that won the flag in 2018, beating Collingwood in the grand final, and a bright future beckoned for the player.

However his career hit a huge roadblock midway through the 2019 AFL campaign when he suffered a significant brain trauma following a collision with Melbourne's Tim Smith.

Venables has suffered with ongoing concussion issues since then and has been unable to return to action.

The Eagles say he has made good progress in recent months and hope he will be able to return to the pitch at some point in the future.

However, for now at least, he has lost his position on the Eagles list as the NAB AFL Draft fast approaches.

"We remain committed to helping Dan strive to play senior football at our club again," list manager Darren Glass said.  "But, as it has been since the incident, our primary focus remains Dan’s health and wellbeing.

"We will continue to explore with the AFL the options available to us to facilitate Dan’s return to senior football with us as soon as he is medically cleared to do so."

The Eagles are exploring all options and there is a chance the 22-year-old could be redrafted as a rookie or be relisted during the Supplementary Selection Period before round one.

The Eagles are priced at 15/2 to win the AFL grand final.

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