Troubled former AFL footballer Daniel Kerr is taking a high paying job in Western Australia’s Goldfields region as he faces mounting legal bills stemming from an alleged violent incident.
The 32-year-old premiership player has pleaded not guilty to two counts of endangering the life, health or safety of a person after an alleged incident at a home in the Perth suburb of Glendalough in November.
In March, Kerr had to have his bail conditions varied so that he could move to Denmark in the state’s Great Southern region, where he played with the local football club and also worked with lead coach Matt Candy on bluegum plantations.
But he’s again on the move, taking a six-figure job with an Aboriginal corporation in Kalgoorlie.
Mr Candy quashed rumours Kerr left the Denmark team following an incident at training, saying his decision to move to was a financial one.
He planned to continue playing regional football, possibly for Kambalda, Mr Candy said.
“It was all amicable,” he told AAP.
“He really wanted to be here. He loves this area. He’s got a property here.
“But obviously down here, we haven’t got the infrastructure as such to provide for a good income.
“The guys in Kalgoorlie are able to throw a lot more money at him.”
Mr Candy said he encouraged Kerr to go for the better paying job given he’s facing mounting legal bills for a pending trial.
“Hopefully he’ll land on his feet and be very successful once he gets established with a good job somewhere,” he said.
The two-time Brownlow Medal runner-up spent four nights at Hakea Prison last year after his parents initially refused to sign off on a $5000 surety to release him on bail.
After his release, Kerr said it was the “kick in the butt” he needed to turn his life around.
He also conceded he could face jail time if he’s found guilty.
Kerr will face court again on June 9.