Richmond coach Damien Hardwick breaks silence on Shai Bolton and Daniel Rioli’s nightclub brawl

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has defended two of his star players after they brawled with a patron in a nightclub over the weekend.

The altercation started when Tigers forward Daniel Rioli’s DJ girlfriend Paris Lawrence was ‘subjected to inappropriate behaviour’ from a fellow reveller.

Rioli, 24, confronted the patron and was punched in the face, suffering a cut under his eye that required two stitches.

Teammate Shai Bolton, 22, then stepped in and sustained a fractured wrist during the melee – leaving him sidelined for three weeks.  

Hardwick rushed to the defence of both players on Monday night and said he believed many people would have reacted the same way.

The melee started when Daniel Rioli’s girlfriend Paris Lawrence was ‘subjected to inappropriate behaviour’ from a fellow nightclub patron

Rioli was punched after confronting the patron and suffered a cut under his eye that required two stitches

Rioli was punched after confronting the patron and suffered a cut under his eye that required two stitches

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick defended both players on Monday night and said he believed many people would have reacted the same way

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick defended both players on Monday night and said he believed many people would have reacted the same way

The Richmond Tigers confirmed young gun Shai Bolton (pictured) and teammate Daniel Rioli were involved in an altercation on the weekend

The Richmond Tigers confirmed young gun Shai Bolton (pictured) and teammate Daniel Rioli were involved in an altercation on the weekend

‘A player’s partner was put in an inappropriate situation that she didn’t feel comfortable with and Daniel stood up and tried to eradicate the situation and was punched in the eye,’ Hardwick told Fox Footy.

‘I don’t condone violence but the reality is, you put anyone in that situation, they’re going to stand up for their partner and their mates and Shai was the same. 

‘So, look, it was a difficult situation. It’s not one ideally we want to be in but the reality is we are where we are.’

Hardwick said football bosses Tim Livingstone and Blair Hartley had spoken at length with Bolton and Rioli and the Tigers were ‘absolutely’ confident there was no wrongdoing on their behalf.

‘We’ve got to the bottom of it – the evidence we’ve got and the story we have. So from our point of view, we back in the players,’ Hardwick said. 

‘We’re disappointed it came to that situation, we don’t condone violence, but we understand these situations happen from time to time – though it doesn’t make it right.’ 

Hardwick said while the duo were entitled to ‘live a life’, the incident was a reminder to AFL players they had to be careful.

‘The fact of the matter is, they’re different. They’ve got to sort of, they’re really in a bubble in a way, they’ve got to be careful with where they go. And once again it’s another reminder that these situations can occur when they go out,’ he said. 

It’s understood neither Rioli or Bolton were under the influence of alcohol, and aren’t expected to face disciplinary action from the club. 

Bolton will be sidelined for the next two to three weeks due to his wrist injury. Pictured with his girlfriend

Bolton will be sidelined for the next two to three weeks due to his wrist injury. Pictured with his girlfriend 

Rioli's girlfriend Paris Lawrence has more than 28,000 Instagram followers, and is managed by the same team as DJ Havana Brown

Rioli’s girlfriend Paris Lawrence has more than 28,000 Instagram followers, and is managed by the same team as DJ Havana Brown

Bolton joins Trent Cotchin, Shane Edwards, Dion Prestia and Kane Lambert on the sidelines, with Hardwick describing Richmond’s midfield as ‘obliterated’.   

Two-time premiership player Bolton has averaged 21.8 disposals and more than a goal a game this season, including six goals across his past two outings.

‘It’s disappointing. He’s is in great form, there’s no doubt about that. He’s one of the form players of the competition,’ Hardwick said.

Bolton, who is out of contract at season’s end, also hauled down a mark of the year contender in the Tigers’ loss to Geelong on Friday night. 

Fevola, the stepdaughter of AFL legend Brendan Fevola, previously said she is still 'really good friends' with Rioli

Fevola, the stepdaughter of AFL legend Brendan Fevola, previously said she is still ‘really good friends’ with Rioli 

Rioli started dating Lawrence, a DJ and TikTok sensation, earlier this year following his split from Mia Fevola. 

Lawrence has more than 28,000 Instagram followers, and is managed by the same team as DJ Havana Brown. 

Fevola, the stepdaughter of AFL legend Brendan Fevola, previously said she is still ‘really good friends’ with Rioli. 

The 21-year-old confirmed her split from Rioli in February 2020 after two years of dating.

‘Daniel and I are no longer together; however, we still love and care for each other very much and remain the best of friends,’ she wrote on Instagram at the time.

Richmond AFLs Shai Bolton hospitalised after nightclub fight

Young AFL star’s face is smashed open and his teammate suffers a broken wrist after rushing to defend his new DJ girlfriend inside a nightclub

A young AFL star had his face smashed open while his teammate suffered a broken wrist after rushing to defend his girlfriend in a nightclub.

The Richmond Tigers confirmed young gun Shai Bolton, 22, and teammate Daniel Rioli, 24, were involved in an altercation on the weekend.

The melee started when Rioli’s girlfriend was ‘subjected to inappropriate behaviour’ from a fellow nightclub patron.

It’s understood neither Rioli or Bolton were under the influence of alcohol, and aren’t expected to face disciplinary action from the club. 

The Richmond Tigers confirmed young gun Shai Bolton (pictured) and teammate Daniel Rioli were involved in an altercation on the weekend

The melee started when Daniel Rioli's girlfriend was 'subjected to inappropriate behaviour' from a fellow nightclub patron

The melee started when Daniel Rioli’s girlfriend was ‘subjected to inappropriate behaviour’ from a fellow nightclub patron

‘Richmond players Daniel Rioli and Shai Bolton were involved in an incident at a nightclub over the weekend,’ Richmond said in a statement.

‘An altercation took place after Rioli’s girlfriend was subjected to inappropriate behaviour.

‘Rioli was punched after confronting the patron and suffered a cut under his eye that required two stitches.

‘Bolton became involved in the ensuing altercation and sustained a fractured wrist that will require surgery. He will be sidelined for the next two to three weeks.’ 

More to come. 

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Richmond star Dustin Martin hints at a move to Sydney as he praises the ‘better weather’

Richmond star Dustin Martin hints at a move to Sydney as he praises the ‘better weather’ and ‘awesome beaches’ compared to Melbourne

Rumours are swirling that AFL superstar Dustin Martin is relocating to Sydney.

And on Wednesday, the 29-year-old Richmond player fuelled speculation he was looking to move from Melbourne to the Harbour City.

During an interview with Pedestrian, Dustin praised Sydney for its ‘better weather’ and ‘awesome beaches’.

Relocating? Richmond star Dustin Martin has hinted at a move to Sydney, praising the Harbour City for its ‘better weather’ and ‘awesome beaches’ compared to Melbourne

He explained: ‘I love both [Melbourne and Sydney] but they are both so different so it’s hard to compare.’

Dustin added: ‘Obviously, Sydney’s beaches are awesome and the weather is better. Then Melbourne has awesome cafés and restaurants.’

The AFL superstar spent his teenage years in Sydney, living with his dad and playing football.

In 2007, Dustin returned to Melbourne to live with his mother and was drafted by Richmond two years later.

Hinting: During a recent interview, Dustin said: 'Obviously, Sydney's beaches are awesome and the weather is better. Then Melbourne has awesome cafés and restaurants'

Hinting: During a recent interview, Dustin said: ‘Obviously, Sydney’s beaches are awesome and the weather is better. Then Melbourne has awesome cafés and restaurants’

Earlier this year, Dustin’s agent Ralph Carr sparked rumours the footballer could make a shock move to Sydney.

Carr said ‘he loves Sydney’ when asked about the Brownlow Medallist’s history in the city since he grew up in Camden, on Sydney’s southwest fringe.

‘Dusty loves Sydney,’ he told Daily Telegraph.

‘He’s there a lot and he originally lived in Camden with his dad. You’ve got to live there to really know how good it is.’

Interstate: Earlier this year, Dustin's agent Ralph Carr sparked rumours the footballer could make a shock move to Sydney

Interstate: Earlier this year, Dustin’s agent Ralph Carr sparked rumours the footballer could make a shock move to Sydney

Although Dustin plays for the Richmond Tigers in Melbourne, he spends most of his off-season in Sydney.

Dustin and Swans star Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin are both out of contract after the 2022 season and if Martin made the move to Sydney, the older star’s career could be over.

Franklin commanded a nine-year contract worth $10million with the Swans.

Travelling: Although Martin plays for the Richmond Tigers in Melbourne, he spends most of his off-season in Sydney

Travelling: Although Martin plays for the Richmond Tigers in Melbourne, he spends most of his off-season in Sydney

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NRL star Todd Carney says he’s kissed other players during his footy career

Todd Carney was known as one of the ‘bad boys’ of rugby league during his NRL career from 2004 to 2014.

And in this week’s episode of ABC’s You Can’t Ask That, featuring former NRL and AFL stars, the 34-year-old gave fans a rare insight into his life playing the game.

You Can’t Ask That involves misunderstood or marginalised Australians answering the outrageous and uncomfortable questions most people are afraid to ask.

Todd, who played 229 games in his career, was asked why there were no openly gay footy players in Australia given all the physical contact on the field.

Speaking out: In this week’s episode of You Can’t Ask That, featuring former NRL and AFL stars, rugby league ‘bad boy’ Todd Carney gave fans a rare insight into his life playing the game 

He said male affection was commonplace on and off the field – but he never saw it as homoerotic.

‘The bum taps are just an excitement thing,’ he explained.

‘I’ve gave plenty of bum taps along the way and kissed my mates along the way on the field, and on the night out on the drink. I’ve probably gave blokes a bit too long of a kiss. But I’m definitely not gay,’ he added.

Elsewhere, the former Cronulla Sharks star discussed his infamous ‘bubbler’ incident that made headlines in 2014. 

At the time, he was sacked mid-season by the Sharks and had his $3million contract torn up after an image of him urinating in his own mouth at a Sydney pub went viral.

'I've probably gave blokes a bit too long of a kiss': Todd, who played 229 games in his career, was asked why there were no openly gay footy players given all the physical contact on the field. He said male affection was commonplace, but he never saw it as homoerotic

‘I’ve probably gave blokes a bit too long of a kiss’: Todd, who played 229 games in his career, was asked why there were no openly gay footy players given all the physical contact on the field. He said male affection was commonplace, but he never saw it as homoerotic

 

Hard-hitting question: Elsewhere, the former Cronulla Sharks star discussed his infamous 'bubbler' incident that made headlines in 2014

Hard-hitting question: Elsewhere, the former Cronulla Sharks star discussed his infamous ‘bubbler’ incident that made headlines in 2014

He was made to answer if he had ‘p**sed in his own mouth’ to which he replied: ‘Well, it’s an optical illusion. That’s what the bubbler is, isn’t it?’

‘And I’m not gonna lie and say that was the only time I’ve done it, otherwise I wouldn’t have know I could do it.’

The Dally M Medal winner also said on the program: ‘Yes, I’ve done some stupid things in the past but that was always the headline – “bad boy of rugby league”. 

Infamous: He was made to answer if he had 'p**sed in his own mouth' to which he replied: 'Well, it's an optical illusion. That's what the bubbler is, isn't it?' Pictured: the infamous bubbler photo

Infamous: He was made to answer if he had ‘p**sed in his own mouth’ to which he replied: ‘Well, it’s an optical illusion. That’s what the bubbler is, isn’t it?’ Pictured: the infamous bubbler photo

‘Stupid, yes, but bad – not really.’ 

Former NRL star Ian Roberts defended Todd over the incident, saying: ‘Yes the photo was obviously not a good thing.’

‘But he’s not the villain people think he is… I really felt for him. He got crucified,’ he added, referring to the blitz of negative headlines at the time.

Support: Former NRL star Ian Roberts defended Todd over the incident, saying: 'Yes the photo was obviously not a good thing, but he's not the villain people think he is... I really felt for him'

Support: Former NRL star Ian Roberts defended Todd over the incident, saying: ‘Yes the photo was obviously not a good thing, but he’s not the villain people think he is… I really felt for him’

Former Canterbury Bulldogs player Willie Mason also defended Todd, saying his behaviour off-field did not compare to players who have a history of violence against women.

He said: ‘I see some pieces of s**t playing our game right now.’

‘Todd Carney, on the other hand, just p**sed in his own mouth and got his contract ripped up, and I don’t think that’s fair.’

Unfair: Former Canterbury Bulldogs player Willie Mason also defended Todd, saying his behaviour off-field did not compare to players who have a history of violence against women

Unfair: Former Canterbury Bulldogs player Willie Mason also defended Todd, saying his behaviour off-field did not compare to players who have a history of violence against women

After his NRL career ended, Todd spent two seasons with France’s Super League club Catalans Dragons with stints in the UK with the Salford Red Devils and Hull Kingston Rovers.

Todd has played three Origin games for NSW and represented Australia once.

After marking his NRL debut with Canberra in 2004, he was sacked by the Raiders in 2008 after a nightclub incident in which he was accused of urinating on another patron.

In 2011 he was let go by the Roosters after a year for breaking an alcohol ban, one year after winning the Dally M medal and guiding the Roosters to the NRL grand final.

During his time with the NRL, Todd was charged three times with drink driving.

He was captain-coach of Group 10 rugby league Byron Bay Red Devils on the NSW far north coast in 2019 but has since retired. 

Life after the game: Since leaving NRL, Todd has found love with former Married At First Sight star Susie Bradley. The couple became engaged in October 2020

Life after the game: Since leaving NRL, Todd has found love with former Married At First Sight star Susie Bradley. The couple became engaged in October 2020

First-time father: The pair also welcomed a son named Lion Daryl Carney on March 27

First-time father: The pair also welcomed a son named Lion Daryl Carney on March 27

Now working as a concreter and living in Queensland with his partner, former MAFS star Susie Bradley, the 2010 Dally M winner says while he’s not proud about his ‘stupidity’, he can laugh about it now.

‘It [the bubbler incident] made me who I am now and made me a more resilient person and comfortable with who I am,’ Carney told the Sunday Telegraph in September 2020.

‘I’ve got a tattoo that says “everything happens for a reason”. I believe it does.

‘Yes I hurt fans, organisations and the businesses I was playing for but, deep down, the person I hurt most was myself.’

Todd recently welcomed his first son, named Lion Daryl Carney. He is also a stepfather to Susie’s daughter from a previous relationship. 

Blended family: Todd is a stepfather to Susie's daughter from a previous relationship

Blended family: Todd is a stepfather to Susie’s daughter from a previous relationship

AFL superstar Dustin Martin goes on a $14million property spending spree

Property goals! Footy superstar Dustin Martin goes on a $14million spending spree – buying three houses in a ritzy Melbourne suburb on the same street

  • Dustin Martin has gone on a $14million property spending spree in Melbourne 
  • The AFL superstar has snapped up six houses in trendy inner-city suburbs
  • The 29-year-old bought three redeveloped warehouses on one street for $6m

AFL superstar Dustin Martin has gone on a property spending spree splashing $14million in trendy Melbourne suburbs.

Martin, who signed a contract extension with Richmond in 2017 worth $1.1million per season, has been investing some of that salary into property, recently buying $6million worth on one street.

The 29-year-old’s manager says Dusty is using his national profile and lucrative sponsorships with Bonds and Nike to set up a post-footy career, likening him to some of global sport’s biggest names. 

‘(He is) not only one of the best ­players that has ever played the game, he is probably the most bankable sports brand in Australia,’ Martin’s manager Ralph Carr told the Herald Sun.

‘I always thought with the right support and guidance he would become Australia’s ­Michael Jordan or David Beckham.’

Dustin Martin has gone on a $14million property shopping spree including this re-designed warehouse in Richmond

Martin and his manager bought three developed warehouses in Richmond for a combined $6million

Martin and his manager bought three developed warehouses in Richmond for a combined $6million

Martin is looking to set himself up post-footy using his $1.1million per season salary to invest in houses in the Victorian capital

Martin is looking to set himself up post-footy using his $1.1million per season salary to invest in houses in the Victorian capital 

Martin and model Jessica Gomes (pictured) are believed to have been dating for several weeks and have been spotted in restaurants and bars around Melbourne

Martin and model Jessica Gomes (pictured) are believed to have been dating for several weeks and have been spotted in restaurants and bars around Melbourne

The three-time premiership winner has been investing in property around his footy team’s area of Richmond, buying three redeveloped warehouses on Butler Street for a combined $6million.

The suburb, close to the Melbourne Cricket Ground where he’s won three Norm Smith medals as best on ground in the grand final, was formerly an industrial hub but now has some unique properties on offer.

Martin and Carr, who are close friends as well as business partners, have started a company together and purchased the properties under that title. 

Martin bought this converted warehouse for $2.2million - one of three properties on Butler St

Martin bought this converted warehouse for $2.2million – one of three properties on Butler St

It's not known whether Martin will turn the warehouses into single homes or develop the sought-after locations into units

It’s not known whether Martin will turn the warehouses into single homes or develop the sought-after locations into units

Martin is a current Bonds model, while Gomes (pictured) has represented the brand in the past and it's believed they may have met while doing a shoot

Martin is a current Bonds model, while Gomes (pictured) has represented the brand in the past and it's believed they may have met while doing a shoot

Dustin Martin is a current Bonds model, while Jessica Gomes (pictured) has represented the brand in the past and it’s believed they may have met while doing a shoot

They paid $2.915million for a re-designed warehouse on Butler Street, a narrow road just off the busy Victoria Street 2018.

They also bought two other properties worth $2.2million and $1.275million on the same road.

The biggest deal they’ve done together was their most recent, spending $4.8million for a home in Abbotsford, another suburb surging in value and popularity.

The warehouses back onto quiet Butler Street from the busy Victoria Street

The warehouses back onto quiet Butler Street from the busy Victoria Street

Martin is a three-time premiership winner and Norm Smith medallist for the Tigers

Martin is a three-time premiership winner and Norm Smith medallist for the Tigers

They own another house in the leafy area that lines the Yarra River which they paid $3million for in 2018.

Martin’s six-house, $14million portfolio provides another insight into the private life of the AFL’s biggest star.

Martin is believed to be dating swimsuit model Jessica Gomes as the pair have been repeatedly spotted together in Melbourne.

He is currently in New Zealand visiting his deported bikie father after a concussion last week forced him to sit out. 

He will return from New Zealand in the coming days and is expected to play for the Tigers next weekend after serving his mandatory 12 days off for concussion.        

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Jessica Gomes can’t stay off her phone during a shopping trip in Sydney

Jessica Gomes can’t stay off her phone during a shopping trip in Sydney… after being linked to AFL superstar Dustin Martin

Rumours have been swirling of a possible romance between model Jessica Gomes and AFL superstar Dustin Martin.

But on Wednesday, Jessica was flying solo as she stepped out in Sydney to go shopping.

The 35-year-old was glued to her phone as she strolled out of a Westfield shopping center with a bag in one hand. 

Stepping out! Jessica was flying solo as she stepped out in Sydney to go shopping in Westfield

The Sports Illustrated stunner looked cool and casual in a cream sweater, black leggings and a Chanel belt bag.  

Dustin and Jessica were recently spotted together in Melbourne at a series of restaurants and bars, and are believed to be dating.

The Richmond Tigers premiership hero, 29, and Jess, 35, have enjoyed ‘several’ dinner dates in Melbourne this year, according to a report in the Herald Sun.  

The AFL champion, who is notoriously private about his live life, is a Bonds model and Jessica has represented the brand in the past and it’s believed they met at a photoshoot.

Style: The Sports Illustrated stunner looked cool and casual in a cream sweater, black leggings and a Chanel belt bag

Style: The Sports Illustrated stunner looked cool and casual in a cream sweater, black leggings and a Chanel belt bag

Jessica declined to comment when approached by the paper, saying: ‘I am so sorry, but I can’t comment on this. I don’t talk about my private life.’ 

The model recently appeared on Channel Seven’s Dancing With The Stars reboot as a wildcard contestant.

She was partnered up with professional dancer Lyu Masuda for the recent series, before being the fourth contestant voted off.

The star-studded cast included Bec Hewitt, Lincoln Lewis, Ada Nicodemou, Kyly Clarke, Jamie Durie, Manu Feildel, Erin McNaught, Fifi Box and more.

The season was ultimately won by actor and TV presenter Luke Jacobz.

Rumours: Rumours have been swirling of a possible romance between model Jessica and AFL superstar Dustin Martin

Rumours: Rumours have been swirling of a possible romance between model Jessica and AFL superstar Dustin Martin 

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Richmond Tigers AFL star Dustin Martin to be reunited with his father for first time in two years

Dustin Martin to be reunited with his father for the first time in two years after he was deported from Australia over bikie links – but will he be taking his new girlfriend?

  • Dustin Martin to travel to New Zealand to see his father for first time since 2019 
  • AFL superstar’s father Shane was deported in 2016 due to criminal bikie links
  • Martin suffered a concussion and left the field on weekend against Melbourne 
  • The 29-year-old will have to sit out of training and matches for 12 days 
  • Martin’s new model girlfriend Jessica Gomes could be accompanying him to NZ 

Injured AFL superstar Dustin Martin will be reunited with his father after being separated from the deported former bikie for two years due to the pandemic.

Rumours swirled that this trip to New Zealand will be when his new model girlfriend finally meets his dad for the first time.

Martin has been spotted around Melbourne with former Sports Illustrated model Jessica Gomes and it’s believed the pair have been dating for several weeks.

The three-time premiership winner left the field in the third quarter on the weekend against Melbourne with a concussion and will spend 12 days on the sidelines as part of the mandatory head knock protocol.

Injured AFL superstar Dustin Martin is set to be reunited with his father after being unable to see the deported former bikie for more than 18 months due to the pandemic

Martin and model Jessica Gomes (pictured) are believed to have been dating for several weeks and have been spotted around Melbourne at restaurants and bars

Martin and model Jessica Gomes (pictured) are believed to have been dating for several weeks and have been spotted around Melbourne at restaurants and bars

Shane Martin (right), the father of AFL star Dustin (left) was deported in 2016 over his criminal past and bikie links and have not been able to see each other since the pandemic began

Shane Martin (right), the father of AFL star Dustin (left) was deported in 2016 over his criminal past and bikie links and have not been able to see each other since the pandemic began

The 29-year-old is using the window to visit his father Shane, who was deported to NZ in 2016 for his ties to the Rebels bikie gang of which he was a member for 14 years.

The Richmond Tigers midfielder will not have to quarantine either direction thanks to the travel bubble in place between the neighbouring nations, but it remains to be seen whether Gomes, 35, will accompany him across the ditch. 

The pair were recently spotted together in Melbourne at a series of restaurants and bars, and are believed to be dating.

Martin, who is notoriously private about his live life, is a Bonds model and Gomes has represented the brand in the past and it’s believed they met at a photoshoot.

Martin’s teammate Jack Riewoldt confirmed the reigning and three-time Norm Smith medallist would be travelling to NZ on AFL 360 on Tuesday night, saying he and the club were wary of the risks of a potential new outbreak.

‘He hasn’t seen him for 18 months and I assume that if it comes to it, the club would be more than happy to let him go,’ Riewoldt told the program.

‘He’s obviously going to miss this week and there’s more important things than football.’ 

The league told Richmond that Martin didn’t need a clearance because of the Trans-Tasman travel bubble, which has been in place since April 19.

Martin, 29, hasn't seen his father since 2019 when he visited New Zealand after winning the grand final against Greater Western Sydney

Martin, 29, hasn’t seen his father since 2019 when he visited New Zealand after winning the grand final against Greater Western Sydney

Martin is a current Bonds model, while Gomes (pictured) has represented the brand in the past and it's believed they may have met while doing a shoot

Martin is a current Bonds model, while Gomes (pictured) has represented the brand in the past and it's believed they may have met while doing a shoot

Martin is a current Bonds model, while Gomes (pictured) has represented the brand in the past and it’s believed they may have met while doing a shoot

Martin is a three-time premiership winner and Norm Smith medallist for the Tigers

Martin is a three-time premiership winner and Norm Smith medallist for the Tigers

The 29-year-old makes annual visits to New Zealand to see father Shane, usually after winning grand finals, but hasn’t been able to since beating Greater Western Sydney in the 2019 finale due to coronavirus.

His dad’s criminal record past – which includes aggravated assault charges and drug trafficking – made him one of 20 bikies deported under Australia’s Immigration Act of 2016 that allowed foreign citizens to expelled on bad character grounds.

In 2017 then-immigration Minister Peter Dutton said he was briefed on Shane Martin’s reasons for deportation and will never change his decision.

Shane Martin watched each of his son’s three premiership wins from New Zealand on television. 

‘I love my dad and he’s made me the man I am today,’ Dustin Martin told St Kilda great Nick Riewoldt on Fox Footy in early 2021.

‘I’ve got full belief he’ll back here to watch us win another flag.’ 

It is believed Tigers coach Damien Hardwick will confirm the visit at his weekly media briefing on Wednesday. 

Mr Martin's AFL premiership-winning son Dustin (pictured) has always been a fierce campaigner for his father's return to the country the 29-year-old grew up in

Mr Martin’s AFL premiership-winning son Dustin (pictured) has always been a fierce campaigner for his father’s return to the country the 29-year-old grew up in

Dustin Martin (left) could be about to get on a plane to New Zealand to visit his dad, thanks to the Trans-tasman travel bubble

Dustin Martin (left) could be about to get on a plane to New Zealand to visit his dad, thanks to the Trans-tasman travel bubble

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