Former Brisbane Lions player Albert Proud has been sentenced to five and half years jail for assaulting his girlfriend.
Proud, who played 29 games for the Lions between 2007 and 2010, pleaded guilty to charges of grievous bodily harm and wilful damage after assaulting his girlfriend while heavily intoxicated after attending a wedding last November.
His partner, Richelle Kadadi, spent 33 days in hospital after suffering serious head injuries. She underwent an emergency craniotomy and suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, depression, fatigue and memory loss as a result of the attack.
A charge of attempted murder was dropped due to a lack of evidence.
He has been in custody since January this year.
The 27-year-old kicked 10 goals in his short career after being selected with pick No.22 in the 2006 National Draft.