TROUBLED TIMES: Former West Coast Eagles AFL player Ben Cousins.
TROUBLED TIMES: Former West Coast Eagles AFL player Ben Cousins. RICHARD WAINWRIGHT

AFL ready to help Cousins

FALLEN star Ben Cousins will get all the help he needs from the AFL, chief executive Gillon McLachlan has said.

Cousins, who earlier this week was collected by police after reportedly directing traffic on a busy Perth road, has been struggling with a drug problem since quitting the game in 2010.

McLachlan, attending celebrations at a 10-year reunion for the West Coast Eagles 2006 premiership side, which was captained by Cousins, said the AFL would be of assistance but was not sure how it could help.

“He (Cousins) has had a terrible struggle for a number of years now and I understand that at the moment it is as bad as ever,” he told reporters.

“We will do whatever we can.

“Drug addiction is a huge challenge for the community.

“Part of the issue is what to do is not evident.

“But be very clear, the AFL will take on whatever role we can to help Ben.

“We are in a much better place to have the right type of relationships (with clubs) and to understand the issues.”


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