GO & A

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proud of my two boys – they’re great young men, they have a good un­der­stand­ing of things.

GQ: Ben Cousins, the for­mer West Coast Ea­gles cap­tain, has sadly slipped through some of life’s cracks – he was re­cently back in the press in re­la­tion to whether he should have been of­fered a con­tract with Rich­mond, given his ob­vi­ous on­go­ing per­sonal bat­tles with drugs. Did Collingwood also look to re­cruit Ben at that time? EM:

It’s a re­ally sad story. And yeah, we in­ves­ti­gated whether we would re­cruit Ben and we de­cided not to – it was as much about ask­ing, ‘Have we got the ca­pac­ity to help this kid?’ be­cause we’re a foot­ball club, we’re not Odyssey House. At his best, he’s a great player – but the other side of it, when we an­a­lysed it, we prob­a­bly weren’t ca­pa­ble of help­ing Ben, nor would we be able to help the other play­ers on the list as he would take up so much of ev­ery­one’s time and space. Look, I con­grat­u­lated Rich­mond for [sign­ing] Ben at the time and do­ing the hu­man­i­tar­ian thing, but at the same time, you knew this was a prob­lem that was be­yond foot­ball.

GQ: What’s the end goal with all that you do – is there one? EM:

I don’t think about it that much – I en­joy the en­thu­si­asm of it all. Ul­ti­mately, like ev­ery­one, you want to work hard enough to look af­ter your par­ents, look af­ter your fam­ily and the kids and have an eye on the fu­ture when no longer re­quired in the work­force... Re­gard­less of your so­cioe­co­nomic po­si­tion in life, we all have the same am­bi­tion – to ful­fil those needs, get a hol­i­day, try and pay the mort­gage off and have some fun. n

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