Ben Cousins has been named ’employee of the month’ at a construction company in Perth – another positive sign that the former West Coast Eagle has changed his life.
Rigsafe Lifting Solutions took to Facebook on Tuesday to share the news, along with a photo of cousins who couldn’t contain his smile.
“Congratulations to Ben Cousins for earning #rigsafeway Employee of the Month for September,” the company wrote.
“Ben’s work ethic, attitude and Rigsafe ‘teamwork always’ values have made him a very reliable member of our Rigging team.”
Social media users were delighted to see Cousins, 43, continue on his path to redemption.
“Great stuff Benny, glad to see your champion is doing great,” wrote one person.
“I’m so happy to see him looking so good and getting his life back on track. I wish him all the best for the future and keep smiling,” said another.
Cousins won the AFL’s most prestigious individual honor in 2005 and played 270 games for the Eagles and Richmond, but since his career ended in 2010, Cousins has endured a tumultuous and highly public battle with drug addiction, which has left him on several occasions. ended up in jail.
However, he recently rekindled his love of football at Metro Football League outfit Queens Park before his season was cut short by injury.
Cousins recently started working full-time as a scaffolding builder and also does volunteer work with at-risk youth through the Kalt Collective.
The organization’s founder, Susan Backshell, told The West Australian Cousins has also undergone formal training at the Department of Communities to earn certifications in youth work, mental health first aid and protective behaviour.
He was last seen at this year’s Brownlow Medal counting in Perth.
Cousins was the star attraction during his first appearance at the event in over a decade.
“I’m just lucky to have had the opportunity to come to one of the great football nights,” Cousins said.
“It’s definitely a big night, it’s been a while since I’ve been to one of the football industry nights, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Cousins has two children with ex-partner Maylea Tinecheff.