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Kerr, Cousins set to start against Swans

By Tim Clarke 20/07/2007 04:19:58 PM Comments (0)

As West Coast's premier bad boy Ben Cousins prepares to make his comeback, the Eagles' other main problem child Daniel Kerr has broken his silence on his close friend and own off-field misdemeanours.

Some 16 weeks after being banished by the Eagles because of a worsening drug problem, Cousins will return against Sydney on Saturday after safely negotiating his final training session.

Cousins' comments about his predicament remain limited to one carefully worded TV statement made after he returned from rehab in the US.

But Kerr this week paid tribute to his close friend, voicing words of admiration about the Brownlow medallist's running ability which the premiers will usher back in front of a packed Subiaco crowd.

"Although he is not the best runner at the football club, he would run the furthest - he calls it intestinal fortitude, but I call it guts or character," Kerr said.

"He has an amazing character to push himself to a point, at half time or three quarter time, he can't even talk.

"He can push himself further than any player I have ever seen."

Since his own gut-busting effort to help the Eagles vanquish Sydney by a point in the season opener, Kerr has himself pushed West Coast bosses to the limit with his antics.

Already on thin ice following a fight at a party which will see him in court on assault charges next month, Kerr's spat with a taxi driver followed by revelations of drug use were almost the last straw.

Convicted and fined of assault and criminal damage, West Coast fined Kerr $10,000, but decided against a ban, instead suspending further punishment and warning Kerr one more mistake would see him gone.

Kerr said, like Cousins, he had learned his own lessons since that first game against the Swans in March.

"It was the wrong thing to do, and when you are an AFL footballer, I agree you shouldn't be out and about like that, and seen like that, because you are a role model," Kerr said

"I understand that, and it is something I have come to terms probably just recently that you do have a responsibility within the community.

"I was completely in the wrong, and even though it was a minor incident ... when you are in the public spotlight they do turn into major incidents."

And preparing to renew their rivalry with Sydney on the back a worrying form slump, Kerr said the Eagles' recent woes were not affecting the player's confidence.

"You don't lose your talent in two weeks," Kerr said.

"The public perception is that we are down and we are struggling, but we are only one win away from being happy again."

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