Your experience lead you to launch your Outside the Locker Room charity …
Yes, and I’ve found that being so passionate about helping others and working in the mental health space is so validating.
Do you think there’s better support for sportspeople when their careers end now?
There’s far more resources and programs now to support players transitioning from professional or elite sporting careers into the next phase of their lives. A lot more can still be done though.
Are you proud of where you are now?
Yes, I am. I grew up expecting to be known for playing AFL football and my ambition was to win a grand final. That didn’t happen but the success and growth of the charity is my premiership.
So, you’re now in a good place in terms of your mental health and doing well professionally. Why did you go on MAFS?
I’m not a very spiritual person, but a friend of mine is a psychic. I went to see her and she insisted something big was going to happen to me in March 2021. This was early last year. It turns out, she’s also good friends with one of the producers on the show and she spoke to them about me and the producer got in touch. After speaking to my family, I decided to do the show because up until now, I’ve struggled with relationships.
Why do you think you’ve struggled?
I ask myself this a lot. I loved my football career and now I love my charity work. It’s made it difficult to put the time into relationships – I was engaged once!
Is it true that you cheated, which ended your engagement?
Yes, and it’s probably one of the biggest regrets of my life. I was with someone I thought I wanted to spend my life with but there was something missing. Stupidly, I cheated on her with another woman. My behaviour was very poor. It forced me to look at my life. I lost a lot of things because of it: my house, mutual friends and her family. I’m not proud of it.
So what will you do differently in your TV marriage to make it work?
Not be unfaithful, for starters. I’ve learned a lot about myself over the years. I’m ready to make a real commitment to someone, and I trust that the experts on Married at First Sight have found me my perfect match. I want to settle down and start a family with the love of my life. After everything I’ve been through and everything I’ve learned about myself, I’m ready for a real love now.
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