AFL champion Ben Cousins made a surprise appearance at Richmond training on Wednesday.
Cousins, who played the final two years of AFL career at the Tigers, greeted a number of players as he watched training from the sidelines in driving rain.
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Superstar Dustin Martin, whose debut season in 2010 coincided with Cousins’ last, was one of the first players to share a hug with his former teammate.
Cousins also shared nice moments with Nathan Broad, Dan Rioli, Liam Baker and Nick Vlastuin.
Prominent player manager Paul Connors was also there.
“Yeah going alright brother,” Cousins can be heard saying in the video uploaded by the club.
Cousins gave a number of players a rev up and fist pump.
Players loved seeing Cousins at training. Credit: RichmondFCCousins speaks to Dusty on the sidelines. Credit: RichmondFC
Assistant coach Chris Newman, who was a former teammate of Cousins, came over for a hug as well.
The 45-year-old was then pictured chatting with Martin and Newman on the sidelines.
Fans loved seeing Cousins back at the club.
“Great to see Ben looking so well and around the club,” one fan said.
“Love ya Benny,” another added.
“Aw Ben, looks so stoked to see everyone,” another said.
“The Prince of Perth next to Dusty is something else,” another said with a fire emoji.
Cousins has turned his life around after overcoming a drug addiction that sent his life spiralling out of control and saw him end up behind bars.
The Brownlow medallist’s rollercoaster life has been as well documented as any public figure in recent memory — for all the wrong reasons.
But he has since cleaned his life up and even landed a job as a sport presenter on 7NEWS Perth.
Speaking to Sunrise on the eve of last year’s AFL grand final — a stage he dominated during the peak of his career in the mid-2000s — he said he was grateful to have reached this point in his life, but regrets the road he took to get there.
“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 really gets back to what makes you happy, and for a long time I wasn’t. But I very much am these days.”
Cousins speaks to Sunrise. Credit: Channel 7
Pressed by Sunrise host Nat Barr on how his health is tracking, Cousins gave the answer all footy fans wanted to hear.
“Yeah, really well actually. Life’s good,” he confirmed.
“And (I’m) super stoked to be in Melbourne. I really enjoyed my time here, but particularly grand final week. It’s an amazing time of the year.”