Drew Petrie is set to return to footy almost two years after his AFL career ended.
The 36-year-old last played for the West Coast Eagles in the 2017 semi-final before he was delisted by the club, but is set for a sensational comeback in the WAFL.
Eagles coach Adam Simpson has reportedly convinced his former North Melbourne teammate to come out of retirement due to the decreased big man stocks in the club’s WAFL side.
Since finishing his playing career, Petrie has been working with the Eagles in a game development and coaching role with both the AFL and WAFL teams and is now set to answer the call. He has reportedly been increasing his training over recent weeks and could play as early as this Saturday against East Fremantle.
The Eagles are currently struggling at the bottom of the WAFL ladder with two wins from nine games which has contributed to Petrie’s return.
“Because of a set of circumstances, with a number of injuries to taller player on our list, I was approached by the club to see if I had any interest in building up my level of fitness to a level where I could play,” Petrie told westcoasteagles.com.au.
“I thought about it for a few days, felt that I could help out by filling a void and over the last month or so I have been increasing my training to a point where I believe I can contribute and assist the development of our younger players.”
Former All-Australian Petrie was a five-time leading goalkicker for the Kangaroos across 316 games between 2001 and 2016 before he spent one season with the Eagles, playing 16 games in 2017.