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

West Coast has confirmed Harley Reid’s rest week, sending the young standout back to his hometown in Victoria as they keep a close eye on the demands of his rookie season, both physically and mentally.

Meanwhile, after spending 393 days on the sidelines, forward Liam Ryan is set to make his return, named in the forward pocket alongside five other potential inclusions.

Reid, the top draft pick, has been the subject of much discussion in the football world following an impressive performance in his debut western derby, contributing three goals and 19 disposals to West Coast’s victory over Fremantle at Optus Stadium last weekend.

Despite Reid’s stellar start to his career with six games under his belt, averaging 18 disposals, three tackles, three inside-50s, and five clearances, the Eagles are taking a cautious approach.

“Harley has been outstanding for us in the first six weeks,” said Eagles football manager Gavin Bell. “We believe it’s necessary to manage him this week to ensure he continues to be available and perform at a high level for the rest of the 2024 season.”

Recognizing the significant physical and mental demands on young players, especially in their first full AFL season, West Coast is giving Reid a weekend off to recharge and manage his energy levels.

Reid will return to Tongala, Victoria, to spend time with family while the Eagles travel to the Gold Coast to face the Suns. With defender Tom Barrass suspended and small forward Noah Long nursing a hip injury, West Coast is forced to make two changes for the match.

Ryan’s return is a boost for the squad, along with the potential inclusions of veteran Andrew Gaff, midfielder Luke Edwards returning from concussion, and debutant wingman Harvey Johnston. Tall defender Harry Edwards and forward Jai Culley are also in contention for selection.

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