Dual premiership ruckman Darren Jolly has been confirmed as “safe” by manager Paul Connors on Monday night after sharing a distressing Instagram post.
The former Demon, Swan and Magpie took to social media to grieve his struggles in recent times after separating from wife Deanne and being unable to see his daughters.
The post was met with a wide array of concern, with Carlton legend Brendan Fevola and others pleading for people close to him to get in contact.
Less than two hours after the post, Connors confirmed the 38-year old was safe.
“Thanks for everyone’s concern. Darren Jolly has been found and is safe,” Connors wrote on Twitter.
Thanks for everyone’s concern. Darren Jolly has been found and is safe. ❤️
— Paul Connors (@paulconnors02) October 26, 2020
Darren and Deanne Jolly are set to face court soon for charges not yet published due to legal reasons, according to reports.
Jolly was awarded life membership from Collingwood earlier this year and delivered an emotional speech about his mental struggles upon accepting the honour.
“Since 2015, I’ve been thrown some extremely difficult challenges in my life that I’d never thought I’d have to deal with. Challenges that have tested me in every single way. Those include being admitted into hospital to remove a brain tumour after I was told by a GP that I just had a sinus infection,” Jolly said in February.
“Spending three weeks in a mental facility to deal with depression. Leaving my 15-year marriage because I fell out of love and wanted a happier life.
“I can stand here tonight and say everything I was going through broke me.”
Jolly played 237 AFL games across the three clubs, winning premierships with Sydney in 2005 and Collingwood in 2010.
He retired at the end of the 2013 season.
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