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Cyril the best small forward I’ve seen says Eade

Former Gold Coast Suns coach Rodney Eade has endorsed Hawthorn great Cyril Rioli as the best small forward he’s seen in the game.

Rioli, 28, announced his retirement on Wednesday after earlier taking leave from the game and returning to Darwin.

Eade told Afternoons Rioli did more with his possessions than anyone else he’s seen.

“Cyril would’ve had eight or nine touches during a game earlier in the year and was one of the best players on the ground,” he said.

“It’s the other stuff that he does that you have no control of. His ability to put pressure on an opposition and chase down an opponent.

“At times as a coach, you were powerless to stop him but you had to negate him as best you could.”

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