Troubled footy legend Ben Cousins debuts new look ahead of comeback to limelight at Brownlow Medal


Troubled footy legend Ben Cousins debuts clean-cut new look ahead of his return to the spotlight at the Brownlow Medal after drug issues and jail time


Ben Cousins is making a comeback to the limelight. 

He will appear at the Brownlow Medal count on Sunday night and walk the red carpet alongside some of the biggest names in the sport. 

And ahead of his triumphant return, the 43-year-old former Richmond player had a makeover on Friday. 

New look: Ben Cousins (left) will appear at the Brownlow Medal count on Sunday night and walk the red carpet with football’s A-list. He debuted a clean-cut look, shaven head, and posed in a brand new suit from Suit Vault’s Jarred Briotti (right) on Friday 

He debuted a clean-cut look with a shaved head and face, and posed in a dapper grey suit from Suit Vault’s Jarred Briotti. 

‘Ben was keen to come in and get suited up,’ Briotti told Perth Now on Saturday. 

‘We were both stoked with the result and he mentioned it had been a while since he had worn a suit.’ 

'Ben was keen to come in and get suited up,' Briotti said. 'We were both stoked with the result and he mentioned it had been a while since he had worn a suit.' Cousins is pictured outside Armadale Magistrates court in 2016

‘Ben was keen to come in and get suited up,’ Briotti said. ‘We were both stoked with the result and he mentioned it had been a while since he had worn a suit.’ Cousins is pictured outside Armadale Magistrates court in 2016 

Ben won the Brownlow Medal in 2005 and is expected to be welcome back to the community with open arms, Perth Now reports. 

At his peak, Cousins was undoubtedly the best player in the AFL, but suffered a rapid demise and subsequent total unwillingness to rid himself of negative life influences. 

Last year, Cousins decided to turn his life around after being jailed for the sixth time in 13 years. 

Demise: At his peak, Cousins was undoubtedly the best player in the AFL, but suffered a rapid demise and subsequent total unwillingness to rid himself of negative life influences. Ben is pictured with Cousins and Chris Judd in 2006

Demise: At his peak, Cousins was undoubtedly the best player in the AFL, but suffered a rapid demise and subsequent total unwillingness to rid himself of negative life influences. Ben is pictured with Cousins and Chris Judd in 2006

Since last year, 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 youths, addicts and reformed criminals. 

Buoyed by the knowledge that getting clean and healthy was the key to being a good dad to his children, he soon started talking to Susan Backshell, a mental health support worker.  

She issued him a blunt ultimatum soon after they met: ‘Give your all, or forget it entirely’.  

Hard: Last year, Cousins decided to turn his life around after being Jailed for the sixth time in 13 years.  Pictured leaving Fremantle Magistrates Court in Perth in 2017

Hard: Last year, Cousins decided to turn his life around after being Jailed for the sixth time in 13 years.  Pictured leaving Fremantle Magistrates Court in Perth in 2017

New leaf: Buoyed by the knowledge that getting clean and healthy was the key to being a good dad to his children, he soon started talking to Susan Backshell, a mental health support worker

New leaf: Buoyed by the knowledge that getting clean and healthy was the key to being a good dad to his children, he soon started talking to Susan Backshell, a mental health support worker 

The flow on effect has seen Cousins able to spend more time with his children – his son Bobby, 9, and daughter Angelique, 7.  

Before his well-overdue epiphany, Cousins had been in and out of jail since 2010 on drug and domestic violence charges. 

‘I appreciate the support of everyone and how many chances they have given me, more than I deserve and more than I would have given anyone else,’ Cousins said last week, according to The West Australian. 

Stronger: Since last year, 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 youths, addicts and reformed criminals

Stronger: Since last year, 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 youths, addicts and reformed criminals 

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