Former AFL star Ben Cousins has pulled on the boots again in a local footy match in Perth on the weekend after over a decade away from the game.
The 2005 Brownlow medallist made his return for Perth Metro Football League’s Queens Park Bulldogs against Koongamia and impressed across the half forward flank.
The 42-year old booted a goal and set up another in Queens Park’s 40-point win.
Queens Park president Ross White told The West Australian that Cousins’ appearance drew one of the biggest crowds they have seen at the venue in a long time.
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He also heaped praise on the way Cousins handled himself on the field with his teammates and the opposition as well as with fans.
“The best thing about him is just the way he interacts with his teammates, opposition players,” White told The West Australian.
“He cares about people and always gives his time just to talk and have photos.
“The sort of old Ben who cared about supporters is still that – and now it’s our supporters.”
Great to see Ben Cousins back in action in Perth's Metro Football League.
Pretty good nick for a 42-year-old. pic.twitter.com/kjo3fJPqoV
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It was reported last month that the 2006 premiership Eagle was set to make his shock return with Queens Park and is aiming to play north of six games.
In October last year he was found guilty of stalking his former partner and spent seven months in jail.
Cousins retired from the AFL at the end of 2010 after 270 games for West Coast and Richmond, winning six All-Australians and four best and fairests on top of his Brownlow and premiership.
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