Ben Cousins will be swapping his footy boots for Cuban heels on the new season of Dancing With the Stars.
The AFL premiership player and 7NEWS Perth sport presenter has been announced as the first star joining this year’s show — in which the most unexpected celebrities are taking to the dancefloor.
At his peak, Cousins was one of the AFL’s top midfielders and played a crucial role in the Eagles’ 2006 premiership.
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But his off-field troubles cost him the West Coast captaincy in early 2006 and he was sacked after the 2007 season.
Cousins played 238 games for the Eagles and returned in 2009 to play 32 games for Richmond before he retired at the end of 2010.
Speaking to Sunrise on the eve of the AFL grand final last year, he said he was grateful to have reached this point in his life, but regrets the road he took to get there.
Cousins played a crucial role in the Eagles’ 2006 premiership. Credit: Getty Images
“It’s been a long road, it really has,” he said.
“I wish it hadn’t needed to run its course like it did.
“But life is great at the moment.
“When you strip everything back and assess your life for anybody, in its simplest form, it gets back to what makes you happy, and for a long time, I wasn’t.
“But I very much am these days.”
Dancing With the Stars, hosted by Dr Chris Brown and Sonia Kruger, is coming soon to Channel 7 and 7plus.
Dr Chris Brown and Sonia Kruger. Credit: Seven