Daniel Kerr to visit Ben Cousins in jail

Ben Cousins (left) and Daniel Kerr in 2004. Photo: Getty
Ben Cousins (left) and Daniel Kerr in 2004. Photo: Getty

FORMER West Coast Eagles champion Daniel Kerr has said he will visit his 2006 premiership teammate Ben Cousins in jail.

Cousins was on Tuesday jailed for a year after pleading guilty to breaching a restraining order and stalking his former partner.

Kerr and Cousins have a prickly history, famously coming to blows in a western suburbs nightspot in 2002.

But Kerr, who will journey to Victoria this weekend to play country footy for the Tyabb ‘Yabbies’, said he planned to visit his former skipper in prison.

“I’m planning to go and see Ben in the coming weeks,” he said on Melbourne radio station SEN on Wednesday night.

“I don’t like seeing Ben in jail. I don’t like seeing any of my mates go through hard times.

“I’m happy he’ll be eligible for parole in August. He’s already done nearly two months, it’s only another four months.

“I just hope that the time in there gives his mind and his body the ability to recover.

“He’s been going at it reasonably hard for a while now and I hope when he comes out that he’s actually making some rational decisions on his future and he takes a step to change his ways a little bit.”

Kerr said he was still close to former teammates Andrew Embley, Michael Braun and Quinten Lynch.

He added that visits from his old footy mates helped keep his spirits up during his own recent stay in prison.

“I know myself, when I spent the two weeks in there, the two most enjoyable meetings I had were with Lynchy and Embers when they came to see me, so I’ll be doing the same thing in the coming weeks with Ben,” he said.