The destroyed father of Dustin Martin will see his son play in a AFL Grand Final from a pub in New Zealand 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.
He said it will be hard not to be at Melbourne Cricket Ground to watch Richmond star Dustin, 27, compete against the GWS Giants on Saturday.
The ruined father of Dustin Martin will see his son shine in the AFL Grand Final from a pub in New Zealand after being deported from Australia. Pictured: the couple together
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
& # 39; It's pretty hard not to be there, but it's what it is, & # 39; he said to the Herald Sun..
& # 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.
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.
Shane (pictured left) notes that the drugs have not had an adverse effect on Dustin's ability to play (pictured right)
Martin is pictured with his three sons, including Dustin (left) who plays for Richmond
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 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 ;.
The first tattoo Dustin (photo) received was on his rib cage, which Shane says Dustin & # 39; s mother Kathy was not too happy with
Although the supporting father put him at ease and told him to relax & enjoy & # 39; because it & # 39; just footy & # 39; used to be.
On a third occasion, Dustin asked his father whether or not he should get a tattoo.
Shane said that while Dustin was old enough to make his own decisions, he himself has many tattoos, so he would be a little & # 39; rich & # 39; have been from trying to stop Dustin from getting one.
Shane said Dustin had the same & # 39; Live Free, Die Free & # 39; had ink that he had on his arm, to which he admits that he did not know whether he should be flattered or not.
The first tattoo that Dustin received was on his rib cage, which Shane recalls that Dustin's mother Kathy was not too happy.
It soon became apparent that Dustin had acquired the same preference for tattoos as his father, and chose two more, which were related to his Maori heritage.
Shane added that he had warned Dustin about getting a tattoo on his neck – a warning that Dustin chose to ignore.
& # 39; Those tattoos don't change who he is. They don't make him a better or worse man. And they don't hurt anyone else. Given that, they are his decision and nobody his case, & Shane concluded.
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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