Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson hopes to see Cyril Rioli back at the AFL club this year, while admitting he is unsure how long it will take.
Rioli has taken personal leave to return to Darwin, the second time since late last year the club has given him extended time off.
"I'm not sure whether it's going to be one week, one month, one year - we don't know. ... I'd be very hopeful of that (Rioli returning this season)," Clarkson said.