West Coast Eagles have announced that Harley Reid will be under management for the upcoming match against Gold Coast.

West Coast has confirmed Harley Reid’s scheduled rest week, allowing the young standout to return to his hometown in Victoria. The Eagles are closely monitoring the “physical and mental demands” of his rookie season. Meanwhile, forward Liam Ryan is set to make his comeback after 393 days on the sidelines, with the premiership star named in the forward pocket among six potential inclusions.

Reid, the top draft pick, has garnered significant attention in the football world following his impressive performance in his western derby debut, contributing three goals and 19 disposals. Despite his stellar start, the Eagles are opting for a cautious approach with Reid, who has excelled in his first six games, averaging 18 disposals, three tackles, three inside-50s, and five clearances.

According to Eagles football manager Gavin Bell, Reid’s management this week aims to ensure his sustained availability and performance throughout the 2024 season. Recognizing the demanding nature of AFL football on younger players, the Eagles are giving Reid a weekend off to manage his body and energy levels, particularly as he adjusts to his first full season at this level. The club looks forward to his return for the upcoming home game against Essendon.

During Reid’s absence, the Eagles will face the Gold Coast Suns, necessitating two changes due to defender Tom Barrass’s suspension and small forward Noah Long’s hip injury. Ryan’s return is complemented by the inclusion of veteran wingman Andrew Gaff and midfielder Luke Edwards, who has recovered from concussion. Additionally, draftee wingman Harvey Johnston is a potential debutant, while tall defender Harry Edwards and forward Jai Culley are also in contention for selection as they continue their respective comebacks.

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