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Same same for Cyril

March 16, 2017 2:03 PM

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Known for his high flying and pin point accuracy in front on goal, fans can expect much of the same from their beloved No.33 this year.

The 2017 season will be much the same for Cyril Rioli, despite a "different" feel around the Hawks this pre-season.

Speaking to SEN on Tuesday, Cyril dismissed claims that he would be playing an extended role in the Hawks midfield this year in light of the off-season departures of Sam Mitchell and Jordan Lewis.

“Myself, Paul Puopolo and Luke Breust have been getting a chance in the midfield in bursts and I think we’ll just stick to that,” Rioli told The Run Home.

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Rioli enters 2017 having achieved back-to-back All Australian honours in the previous two years, enjoying arguably the best year of his career in 2016 as he kicked 47 goals from 21 games.

“I’m happy where I am in the forward-line but if I’m needed in the midfield then I can go in for a quick rotation".

The Hawks endured a challenging JLT Community Series winning one of their three games, but Rioli refuted that this signified a Hawks decline but rather a natural period of adjustment.

"We've got a lot of new faces and lot of young ones as well," Rioli said.

"It has been a lot different but we have just tried to stick to our normal pre-season, stick to what we have done in the past that has really helped us get to where we are".