AFL nice Ben Cousins new soccer teaching position has been revealed as he returns to his roots.
The wayward former Brownlow winner is again on the straight and slender after his off-field battles with drug dependancy.
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Having landed a TV gig with 7 Information in Perth and placing a toe again into footy world, he has an official position locked in with the Perth Demons.
The previous Eagles skipper has ties to the Perth Demons along with his father Bryan having performed 240 video games on the membership within the Nineteen Seventies and ‘80s.
Introduced late final yr he was signing up for a part-time teaching position on the membership after serving to out in a once-a-week position, he’ll work with the Demons’ under-19s colts staff.
A mercurial midfielder in his heyday, Cousins hung up the boots in 2010 after 270 video games at West Coast and Richmond.
However the 2005 Brownlow Medal winner will little question have loads of expertise to impart on the kids concerning the ups and downs of a life within the highlight.
Nonetheless he gained’t be the one skilled footy head across the membership as former Magpies and Eagles midfield has reportedly been appointed the membership’s midfield coach, in line with The West Australian, whereas 2014 Brownlow Medallist Matt Priddis and Fremantle video games report holder David Mundy are additionally believed to be set to hitch the membership in off-field roles.
Cousins had a troubled finish to his soccer profession, resigning his captaincy at West Coast in 2006 after fleeing an RBT earlier than it was revealed he had a substance abuse drawback.
Cousins frolicked in rehab in the identical yr earlier than he was arrested for drug possession the next yr.
He was delisted and banned from the AFL for 12 months, ending his time at West Coast after a Brownlow Medal in 2005, the 2006 premiership, six All-Australian choices and 238 video games.
In 2009, Cousins did return to the AFL, taking part in the ultimate two seasons of his profession at Richmond.
After his profession, Cousins’ life spiralled uncontrolled, resulting in a public battle with medication and authorized points, together with serving a 12-month jail sentence in 2017 for stalking the mom of his kids Maylea Tinecheff.
However in newer occasions, Cousins appeared match and wholesome and has come clear on how troublesome his restoration has been.
Talking in Bunbury in November alongside West Coast premiership hero Dom Sheed, Cousins revealed he was lastly pleased once more.
“It simply will get again to being pleased and for a very long time, I hadn’t been and I had these fleeting moments the place I assumed I used to be kidding myself simply to attempt to get by,” he mentioned.
“It’s been a giant wrestle however right this moment I sit right here and it’s not in any method concerning the issues I’ve given up or had to surrender or sacrifice, it’s all about issues I may give again.”
Cousins additionally spoke about his transfer to the Tigers, sharing his gratitude the membership gave him probability, The West Australian reported.
“I performed the vast majority of my soccer at West Coast and by no means as soon as did I entertain the thought of leaving West Coast or did I ever see my future being something apart from a one-team participant however clearly what occurred, occurred,” he mentioned.
“One of many nice issues about that entire scenario was the chance that I obtained to play for Richmond who had been form of courageous sufficient to take it on and decide me up.
“I used to be determined to play, I used to be no assure to get picked up and there was a circus that form of adopted me for 12 or 18 months.
“As a lot as I might have beloved for it to be only a soccer choice, it actually wasn’t.
“I’m without end grateful. (Richmond) had been a implausible membership to play for.
“I had two fairly robust years on discipline but it surely’s been wonderful to be at that footy membership at the moment with a handful of that core group that was in a position to go on and construct one thing from these days and win these three grand finals and have that dynasty.”