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Sunday, 25 August 2019

Jack's estranged brother pens emotional letter


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Retiring Sydney Swans star Kieren Jack's brother Rhys has opened up on the toll of Jack's feud with his family in an emotional letter.

The former Swans co-captain and his brother Brandon has been estranged from the rest of the family since 2015, and the extended Jack family was not present for his final match in Round 23, with Rhys revealing that he only found out his brother was retiring after his father sent him a text message saying the announcement was happening on TV.

In the letter, Rhys Jack revealed how his parents, rugby league legend Garry, and Donna Jack, had played a major part in their son's AFL dream coming to fruition.

"For my parents, there was nothing more that they wanted to see than see us enjoying ourselves and playing sport," Jack wrote in the Herald Sun.

"This weekend has been about the pride game for the Swans at the SCG.

Kieren Jack

"It was supposed to be a celebration of inclusion. But none of Kieren's grandparents, cousins, aunties and uncles were going to the SCG, and neither were his mum or dad.

"There's been a noticeable feeling of exclusion over the past few years for us all.

"Only his brother Brandon was there."

Jack expanded on the feud that has torn his family apart, saying that the saga could serve as a lesson for youngsters who idolise the Swans superstar.

"Well, if there is a lesson to come from this for all young sportspeople, then I hope it's this: No matter how much you want to believe it, you can't materialise in this world as a fully grown adult ready to take on anything that comes your way," he wrote.

"You are the product of all of the failures, mistakes and mess-ups that happen to you from the day you're born and you are also the product of the people who were there standing behind you, helping you, forgiving you, cleaning up your mess and cheering you on through all of those tough times.

Kieren Jack

"As much as you may seek to avoid it, or rewrite what happened, you can never deny where you've come from and you can never deny the important role your parents played in your upbringing at every step of the journey."

Jack also opened up on how is father helped his brother after he went undrafted due to his draft papers not being sent properly.

"I remember the day of the 2005 Under 18s National Draft clearly. Waiting for a phone call that never came. Kieren wasn't selected in the draft by any club on the day," he wrote.

"It was supposed to be the best day of his life, but instead it was a disaster. But his family was there for him.

"A few days after the Draft, someone at the Swans told Kieren that his draft papers had never arrived in Melbourne and as a result he couldn't be drafted at all.

Kieren Jack

"In the days that followed, realising that something seriously unfair had happened, my dad took a chance and did what any parent would likely do for their child in the same situation.

"He wrote a letter to the CEO of the AFL, Andrew Demetriou, and he pleaded for Kieren to be given a second chance to be drafted as a rookie.

"This letter — from a man who had played 16 seasons of first-grade rugby league, 17 State of Origin games for NSW, 22 Test matches for Australia and had won a golden boot for the best rugby league player in the world — explained that his own son dreamt of playing AFL but now couldn't because of a terrible mistake.

"We never found out exactly what happened after that letter was sent. But at the rookie draft a few weeks later, Kieren was drafted to the Swans with pick No. 58."

Retiring Sydney Swans star Kieren Jack's brother Rhys has opened up on the toll of Jack's feud with his family in an emotional letter.

The former Swans co-captain and his brother Brandon has been estranged from the rest of the family since 2015, and the extended Jack family was not present for his final match in Round 23, with Rhys revealing that he only found out his brother was retiring after his father sent him a text message saying the announcement was happening on TV.

In the letter, Rhys Jack revealed how his parents, rugby league legend Garry, and Donna Jack, had played a major part in their son's AFL dream coming to fruition.

"For my parents, there was nothing more that they wanted to see than see us enjoying ourselves and playing sport," Jack wrote in the Herald Sun.

"This weekend has been about the pride game for the Swans at the SCG.

Kieren Jack

"It was supposed to be a celebration of inclusion. But none of Kieren's grandparents, cousins, aunties and uncles were going to the SCG, and neither were his mum or dad.

"There's been a noticeable feeling of exclusion over the past few years for us all.

"Only his brother Brandon was there."

Jack expanded on the feud that has torn his family apart, saying that the saga could serve as a lesson for youngsters who idolise the Swans superstar.

"Well, if there is a lesson to come from this for all young sportspeople, then I hope it's this: No matter how much you want to believe it, you can't materialise in this world as a fully grown adult ready to take on anything that comes your way," he wrote.

"You are the product of all of the failures, mistakes and mess-ups that happen to you from the day you're born and you are also the product of the people who were there standing behind you, helping you, forgiving you, cleaning up your mess and cheering you on through all of those tough times.

Kieren Jack

"As much as you may seek to avoid it, or rewrite what happened, you can never deny where you've come from and you can never deny the important role your parents played in your upbringing at every step of the journey."

Jack also opened up on how is father helped his brother after he went undrafted due to his draft papers not being sent properly.

"I remember the day of the 2005 Under 18s National Draft clearly. Waiting for a phone call that never came. Kieren wasn't selected in the draft by any club on the day," he wrote.

"It was supposed to be the best day of his life, but instead it was a disaster. But his family was there for him.

"A few days after the Draft, someone at the Swans told Kieren that his draft papers had never arrived in Melbourne and as a result he couldn't be drafted at all.

Kieren Jack

"In the days that followed, realising that something seriously unfair had happened, my dad took a chance and did what any parent would likely do for their child in the same situation.

"He wrote a letter to the CEO of the AFL, Andrew Demetriou, and he pleaded for Kieren to be given a second chance to be drafted as a rookie.

"This letter — from a man who had played 16 seasons of first-grade rugby league, 17 State of Origin games for NSW, 22 Test matches for Australia and had won a golden boot for the best rugby league player in the world — explained that his own son dreamt of playing AFL but now couldn't because of a terrible mistake.

"We never found out exactly what happened after that letter was sent. But at the rookie draft a few weeks later, Kieren was drafted to the Swans with pick No. 58."

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