WEST COAST’S 2006 AFL premiership should not be looked down upon because of its former skipper Ben Cousins’ fall-out according to Cousins himself.
Cousins spoke openly on Fox Sports’ On the Couch last night and defended the Eagles, saying that it was right that his former team-mates hadn’t suffered because of it.
“I can only speak for myself – I have always not spoken about other players – but I can say categorically that the use of recreational drugs did not help me play AFL football in any way,” Cousins said.
“If anything, it made it a hell of a lot harder.
“I certainly spent the vast majority of my career trying to hide the fact that I was reliant on recreational drugs, no question.
“But that didn’t diminish the application I had to my footy, the want for the footy club to do well.
“I was a leader at that footy club, and it’s easy to get this idea that I didn’t care about my footy, but I cared about, and worked as hard – if not harder – than anyone else at that footy club.”
Cousins is now a Richmond player saying that he was “forever indebted” to the club.