Pearce Hanley has returned to Australia after his brother's funeral.
Pearce Hanley has returned to Australia after his brother's funeral. Chris Hyde

Grieving Hanley to resume through NEAFL, say Suns

PEARCE Hanley's private training sessions on his two-week leave in Ireland have convinced Suns officials he can play in the NEAFL this weekend and be ready for the round five clash with Adelaide.

Hanley was given compassionate leave immediately after debuting for the Suns in the Q Clash, to return home to spend time with terminally ill younger brother Tommy who has since passed away.

The 28-year-old arrived back on the Gold Coast late Monday night from Ireland and has trained twice this week.

He impressed with his conditioning and was under brief consideration to play Carlton on Saturday.

But coach Rodney Eade on Thursday declared the Suns had opted for a conservative approach because of his history of hamstring injuries.

"He will play in the NEAFL,'' he said.

"We just think with two thirty hour flights and his history of soft tissue injuries we have got to do the right thing by him.

"He actually did a bit while he was away which was really good.

"He's in a good head space, he's up and about but for longer term we think he needs to play a game, probably a half to three quarters in the NEAFL.''

Hanley's parents have returned to Australia with Pearce and younger brother Cian of the Lions and will stay for three weeks.

Eade said Hanley the club were thrilled their new recruit would have some family support around him as he settles back into work.

"He seems to be in a good space his mum and dad are here for three weeks which I think is good for all of them,'' he said.

"From Pearce's point of view he looks like he is in a good spot.''


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