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Fev off the grog, aiming for AFL again

Roger Vaughan 01/04/2011 09:25:37 PM Comments (0)

Fallen AFL star Brendan Fevola has declared himself alcohol-free as he tries to start a football comeback.

Fevola plans to play with friends for Narre Warren on Saturday in a Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League game against Noble Park, a far cry from his glory days.

Brisbane sacked the two-time Coleman Medallist in February and he has also spent more than two months in a rehabilitation clinic as he battles alcohol and gambling problems.

He wants to play two games for Narre Warren before returning to VFL side Casey, where he has also trained in the last few weeks.

"Everything is going well now - obviously it wasn't a great start to the year," he told Classic Rock 91.5FM.

"I don't think the footy is the problem, it's making sure I keep myself out of trouble - I will be doing that.

"I've been off the grog and I'm enjoying that, which is something I didn't think I'd be able to enjoy.

"It's good to be off the grog and being happy, being healthy."

But Fevola was not asked in the radio interview about three incidents in the last few weeks to do with gambling.

Crown Casino staff have twice asked him to leave the venue, while he also left another pokies venue without incident when staff and patrons recognised him.

Fevola remains hopeful he can convince a third AFL club he is worth one last chance.

He had one season at the Lions after Carlton also sacked him.

"Hopefully the footy will do what it does ... and my actions off the field will hold me in good stead to get drafted next year if a club is willing enough to take a fit, fast, slim 31-year-old," he said.

Fevola admitted last month he had attempted suicide over the New Year period and said on Friday that the time in rehabilitation had given him a new outlook.

"I think it (rehabilitation) is the best thing I've ever done, to go to the meetings, sit back and listen to other people's stories," he said.

"You certainly get a bit of a grip on life and you think things aren't that bad, there are some people who've gone through a hell of a lot of bad luck through their lives.

"You're not over everything, but I've come out feeling better, a lot happier and back in my home town.

"I have mates around me now, it's probably the best thing to have the year off (AFL) footy."

But Fevola is under no illusions that it will be tough to play in the AFL again.

"Next year ... hopefully I can get drafted - pick 202," he joked.

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