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Ben Cousins ​​at the top of SAS Australia’s producers’ wish list

Troubled AFL star Ben Cousins ​​could be getting his big break on reality TV after rumors surfaced that he could star in SAS Australia.

The 44-year-old West Coast Eagles star is “high on the casting team’s wish list” as he works on the next season of the grueling Channel Seven show.

TV insiders told The Herald Sun he has been “approached for each of the previous three seasons” by SAS Australia and they expect Seven to make another offer.

It comes after the Brownlow Medalist changed his life after overcoming a meth addiction.

Earlier this month Cousins ​​attended a fan meet and greet in his hometown of Perth.

He appeared to be in the best shape of his life as he raised his arm in triumph while posing in front of guests and signing autographs at popular streetwear shop Street X.

The event was held to promote Cousin’s new limited-edition clothing collection, which includes shirts with his image and the ‘Prince of Perth’ slogan.

At his peak, Cousins ​​was considered the best player in the AFL, but suffered a rapid decline due to his rampant drug use and complete unwillingness to break free of life’s negative influences.

Cousins, who is now a demolitions specialist, decided to turn his life around in 2022 after being jailed for the sixth time in 13 years.

The former Eagles captain was convicted on November 4, 2020 and sentenced to seven months in prison for stalking his ex-partner Maylea Tinecheff.

He was released from Hakea Prison in Perth just two weeks later on time already served.

Buoyed by the knowledge that being clean and healthy is key to being a good father to his children, son Bobby, 9, and daughter Angelique, 7, he soon began dating Susan Backshell, a psychiatrist , to speak.

Shortly after they met, she gave him a blunt ultimatum: “Give it all or forget it.”

Since then he has volunteered at several events in and around Perth with Ms Backshell’s community group KALT Collective, acting as a beacon of hope for disadvantaged youth, addicts and reformed criminals.

In October 2021, he was even named Employee of the Month at a Perth construction company, another sign that he had truly transformed his life.

The flow-on effect has meant that Cousins ​​has been able to spend more time with his children.

Prior to his overdue revelation, Cousins ​​had been in and out of prison since 2010 on drug and domestic violence charges.

“I appreciate everyone’s support and how many chances they have given me, more than I deserve and more than I would have given to anyone else,” Cousins ​​said in September 2021, according to The West Australian.

Cousins, who won the Brownlow medal in 2005, returned to the ceremony in September last year when both awards night and the AFL Grand Final were held in Perth in Victoria due to Covid restrictions.

He visited the Brownlow with WA FIFO worker Kelley Hayes as a date.

While they looked very happy holding hands on the red carpet, it is unknown if the couple is still together today.

“I’m just very lucky to have had the opportunity to come to one of football’s greatest nights,” he said on the red carpet.

“It’s definitely a big night, it’s been a while since I’ve attended one of the football industry nights so I’m looking forward to it.”

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