A former AFL star was made a giant impression on the Brownlow crimson carpet, capping a surprising redemption story after his troubled previous.
AFL followers had been stunned when it emerged former West Coast Eagles star and 2005 winner Ben Cousins had accepted an invite to this yr’s Brownlow occasion in Perth.
Photos emerged on Sunday afternoon on social media of Cousins clean-shaven and wearing gray swimsuit, able to attend the Brownlow.
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He then made his return to the AFL group official, showing on the crimson carpet sporting a black tuxedo, alongside his visitor Kelley Fergus.
Speaking to reporters on the crimson carpet, Cousins mentioned he was “absolutely” excited to be on the Brownlow.
“Yeah it’s definitely a big night,” he mentioned.
“It’s been a while since I’ve been to one of the football industry nights. So I’m looking forward to it.”
Cousins hinted he had labored arduous to get again right into a scenario where he could possibly be invited to such a high-profile AFL occasion.
“A little bit behind the scenes, but that’s part of it,” he mentioned.
“You know, we find ourselves in different situations along the way. So just great to be here tonight.”
Sixteen years after his Brownlow win, Cousins believes it will be a detailed battle between the favourites to see who takes dwelling “Charlie”.
“There’ll be a little bit of nerves I think,” he mentioned.
“There’s been plenty of players that have had great years so whoever wins it might need a little bit of luck.”
It’s the primary time Cousins has attended the Brownlow Medal since 2010.
His return to the crimson carpet is one other promising signal he’s persevering with to get his life again on monitor, following a prolonged drug dependancy and a jail time period.
He was discovered responsible of stalking his former accomplice in October final yr and was jailed for seven months after intimidating the mom of his two youngsters.
Cousins pleaded responsible to a medicine cost when present in possession in April 2020 and was fined $1500.
But the ex-Eagles captain has made a promising impression since his launch from jail. He is working in building and made a return to Aussie guidelines earlier this yr, taking part in for the Queens Park Bulldogs in an area Perth soccer league.
McLachlan confirmed Cousins could be attending the ceremony on Sunday night.
“I saw a list yesterday and he was going,” he mentioned.
“He has been invited every year and for various reasons it’s not been something he has been able to do but I gather he’s in pretty good health and he’s coming. He has accepted, I understand.”