Jurrah speaks: I still dream of playing AFL

Written By Unknown on Jumat, 15 Februari 2013 | 14.43

Former AFL player Liam Jurrah leaves the Elizabeth Magistrates Court with his grandmother. Picture: Simon Cross Source: adelaidenow

FALLEN AFL star Liam Jurrah has spoken for the first time about his desire to return to top level football and how he hopes to move beyond a year of trouble with the law as he battles to reconnect with his family.

Just hours after he was early today arrested for breaching bail conditions set in Elizabeth Magistrates Court, Jurrah revealed his plan to try to make a return to AFL football on a course that would take him from his Outback community team, through Darwin and back to the big stage.


But the 24-year-old says his focus now is firmly on beating the police charges against him and reuniting with and helping his family from the Northern Territory Yuendumu community, northwest of Alice Springs

The father of two young boys revealed his quest to be a good dad, how a broken mobile phone sent his life spiralling out of control when he lost contact with his band of Aboriginal brothers, and that his family cannot comprehend why he is one of the biggest stories in the AFL when he no longer plays the game.

"At the moment, my family comes first," he said.

"My two sons are my priority. I'm trying to be as tough as I can be.

"My focus is to get those court cases done ... to get through them.

"It depends what will happen in the court case. If everything goes well, I'll be getting back into footy.

"At the moment it is really hard for me to get back into football. I do love my footy and that will be a focus for me.

"It is easier for me to help my family but it's really hard for me to get into the footy ... I'm going to push through that.

"I'm just going to prove everybody wrong about me ... I'm going to do what Liam Jurrah can do on a footy field again one day," he says.

Jurrah was arrested about 2am for breaching his bail conditions when he was found to not be at the address he was bailed to.

The relative he has been bailed to live with said Jurrah had been at the bail address but had left with friends and did not return by the time he said he would. The relative received a call from Jurrah about 3am from the Elizabeth Police station.

* Read the full interview with the fallen football star in tomorrow's Adelaide Advertiser.

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