Harley Reid admits his 19th birthday was the worst of his life away from family, West Coast Eagles, latest news

West Coast phenom Harley Reid admitted that the private sadness surrounding her family was the reason behind their breakup last month.

The 19-year-old has taken the football world by storm in his rookie season with the Eagles and has become one of the most exciting talents the AFL has seen in recent years.

Rumors about Reid’s future surfaced long before the Eagles drafted him out of high school, and his refreshingly honest comments over the weekend have sparked discussion in the football world.

Reid, the number one pick in last year’s draft, appeared in the Eagles’ first six games of the season but was an omission in the team’s loss to the Suns on the Gold Coast when he was given permission to take a break. .

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Instead of traveling with the team, Reid headed home to Tongala, northern Victoria, to see his family.

West Coast director of football Gavin Bell said last month that the club’s decision to allow Reid to take time off was motivated by the need to help the teenager “manage his body and energy levels.” .

Bell also added that “family reasons” were behind the measure.

Reid has now shed more light on the matter, admitting that he struggles with the lifestyle of living on the opposite side of the country to the rest of his family.

Speaking on radio after his starring performance in West Coast’s upset victory over the Demons on Sunday, Reid said his recent birthday on April 17 had been his “worst birthday” and he was unable to celebrate it with his family.

Harley Reid and family arrive ahead of the 2023 AFL Draft. Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images.Source: Getty Images

“In April we had three of our birthdays,” he told ABC about his family.

“I missed my sister’s and mine too; I was able to spend it on my own. “It was probably the worst birthday.”

Reid’s mid-season trip home was publicly criticized by several sports greats, but he insisted it was the right thing to do.

“It was good to be back and I felt like I needed to see the family,” Reid said.

“It was good to connect with them there. Sometimes on your day off you would love to drive and see your family but obviously you can’t so it was nice to spend a weekend at home and see family.

“I’m 19 years old and I’ve never moved away from home, so I don’t know anything without my parents and my family.”

AFL legends Garry Lyon and Tim Watson believe Reid’s comments suggest nothing more than a young man prepared to speak honestly.

“I don’t think it’s necessary to make a big deal out of (his comfort in speaking honestly because he intends to stay in Perth),” Lyon said on SEN.

“You just read it, this is an incredibly honest kid.”

Watson added: “You can miss all the things from home, but at the same time love what you’re doing so much that you don’t want to go back.

“But you can still feel homesick.”

Meanwhile, Kane Cornes and Paul Roos were among those who questioned the Eagles’ decision to give Reid special treatment in his first season.

His mini-break was seen by some as a major development, as rumors continue to circulate about a possible return to Victoria in the future.

Teammates surround Harley Reid. Photo by Paul Kane/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

On several occasions, Reid has done his best to dismiss suggestions that he will seek a transfer back to a Melbourne club, but there has already been public speculation that some rival clubs have been preparing cap space to make a move. by Reid in the future.

Reid’s standard AFL rookie contract with the Eagles expires at the end of the 2026 season and his management has already been meeting with Eagles officials about a long-term contract extension, according to reports.

Roos recently said the Eagles’ decision to give Reid a midseason break could have far-reaching consequences.

The Swans premiership-winning coach said it was “ridiculous” for Reid to travel across the country when he was supposed to be trying to rest his body.

“I understand giving him the weekend off, but what I’m saying is the reason it’s exhausting for the West Coast and Freo is the flights,” Roos told ABC in early May.

“If he’s not fit to play, why is he okay to fly back and see his family? We can only assume that was part of the recruiting deal. He’s the first pick in the draft, so you’re going to hunker down.

“I don’t understand it because he’s an AFL player who gets paid to play AFL football and his team is playing.”

Roos went on to say: “But I understand that if you want to keep the number one draft pick (at the club) and you are strategizing so that he can support and see his family.

“We shouldn’t talk about it because he should be playing, and 20 or 30 years ago he would be playing. But now we have this ridiculous complexity around free agency.

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“Let’s not forget what happened with Jason Horne-Francis. He played one year for the North Melbourne Football Club and was traded, so now the players have all the power.”

Roos warned the Eagles that the club is in danger of lowering its standards across the board if Reid is given special assignments.

“It’s not a great look for the West Coast Eagles, let’s be completely frank,” he said.

“If they lose it and sacrifice the standards of the football club then they will lose. The standards of the football club must always take precedence over those of a player.

“That’s not to say it wasn’t part of the discussion with the leadership group, and the leadership group might have said that was fine, but if you start lowering your standards, you don’t represent anything.”

Reid is on track to break AFL records this season and set tongues wagging after leading the Eagles to victory over the Demons.

Reid inspired his team with a sensational individual goal in the first quarter that left football fans in awe. That goal has received a nomination for goal of the year.

Harley Reid is on track to beat Dustin Martin’s record. Photo: Twitter, Ethan Meldrum.Source: Twitter

The No. 1 draft pick collected the ball from a center rebound and raced away from Demons star Christian Petracca toward the goal, grabbing three rebounds before nailing the goal on the run as he passed the 50-meter arc.

He brutally defended himself against Dees’ midfielders, Petracca and Clayton Oliver, in another passage of the game, showing his trademark brute strength that has earned him comparisons with Dustin Martin.

Oliver could only shake his head in disbelief as he went to shake Reid’s hand after the game.

Reid leads the AFL this year in broken tackles with 29 in nine games. Sydney’s Chad Warner is next best with 25 broken tackles.

Triple M stats guru Ethan Meldrum noted that Martin broke the record for broken tackles with 83 in 2017, the year he won the Brownlow Medal.

At the same stage of the season, Reid is noticeably ahead of where Martin was in the broken tackles statistical category and on track to break the Richmond champion’s mark.