Dustin Martin's biking father has seen his AFL star son play from a dingy New Zealand bar in the Grand Final after being deported from Australia.
Shane Martin, 52, was sent back to his homeland in 2016 with a criminal record of drug trafficking and indictments.
Shane was seen seeing his son take on the GWS Giants from the bar at The Right Track, a dingy sports bar in Auckland, Saturday afternoon.
The former rebel bikie, however, was not alone, and was seen laughing and talking to Hollywood actress Rachel Griffiths.
He said it would be hard not to be at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to watch the 27-star Dustin, Richmond, lead the Tigers to glory.
& # 39; It's pretty hard not to be there, but it's what it is, & # 39; he said to the Herald Sun on Friday.
Dane Martin & # 39; s bike dad Shane was captured while watching his AFL star son play from a dingy bar in New Zealand after being deported from Australia along with Hollywood star Rachel Griffiths in the Grand Final
The pair was seen talking and laughing when Martin & # 39; s son led the Richmond Tigers to victory on Saturday
Martin saw the game next to an addicted crowd (pictured right)
Shane Martin, 52, was sent back to his homeland in 2016 with a criminal record of drug trafficking and indictments
Dustin Martin's father watched as he scored the first goal for Richmond Football Club in a tense and low scoring first quarter
& # 39; I'm very proud, words can't explain it to be honest, & # 39; he said.
Asked if he would like to see Dustin playing in the future, he said: & I'd really like that, that's what dads do and what dreams are made of – see how your sons are who they are. & # 39;
Shane was born in New Zealand, but considered Australia to be home after he moved to New South Wales at the age of 20.
He joined the infamous rebel motorcycle gang, eventually rising to club president.
Shane had three children in Australia, including Richmond Tigers AFL superstar Dustin.
The outside of the Right Track Sports Bar Aucklund where Shane Martin sees his AFL star son playing for Richmond against GWS Giants in the Grand Final
Shane (left) was born in New Zealand but considered Australia to be home after he moved to New South Wales at the age of 20. Pictured with Dustin (right)
In 2016, he was kicked out by the then immigration minister Peter Dutton and forced to build a new life for himself in Auckland.
A 14-year association with the rebels, as well as a criminal record with heavy charges and drug trafficking, led to his exile.
In his book entitled A Rebel in Exile, Shane documents the time that Dustin asked him for advice about whether or not to get a tattoo.
He also tells the time that Dustin, who often flies to New Zealand to visit him, asked him for help with his fear.
& # 39; Dad, I'm getting scared, I need help. Can you come to the doctor with me? & # 39; Dustin said.
While Shane said to Dustin & # 39; of course & # 39; that he will come, Dustin replied by asking his father to keep his revelation private.
When the couple visited a medical professional, the Richmond Football Club player was prescribed medication to treat anxiety and depression.
But according to Shane, the duo were worried that the drugs could have an adverse effect on Dustin's ability to play football, although the professional advised them that this would not happen.
Shane said it will be hard not to be at the MCG to watch Dustin (photo on Bali), 27, play against the GWS Giants on Saturday
Shane noted that the drugs did not adversely affect Dustin's ability to play, and the drugs actually made his life much easier.
& # 39; Depression and anxiety are quite common as I discovered. Dusty now knows it's nothing to be ashamed of, & he said.
Shane thought back to another case in which Dustin had been particularly nervous and needed some reassurance from the parents.
It was just before the first game of the season at Melbourne Cricket Ground and Shane described Dustin as & # 39; bloody nervous & # 39 ;.
SHANE MARTIN: A TIMELINE
At the age of 20, Martin moved from New Zealand to Australia.
One of Martin's three sons, Dustin, was born in Castlemaine, Victoria. He would become an AFL star.
Dustin, known as & # 39; Dusty & # 39 ;, debuted for Richmond in the MCG.
Martin was deported to New Zealand when Immigration Minister Peter Dutton tested the association of the former bicycle with the rebels.
Dustin receives the Brownlow medal and his team wins the premiership.
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