Kerr heads south for new life

Gabrielle Knowles
Fresh start: Daniel Kerr. Picture: Seven News

Fallen AFL star Daniel Kerr says he is not "totally changed" but is moving to the Great Southern to stay out of trouble and give back to the community

The father of two, who is waiting to face trial over a late-night incident in Glendalough last year, admits he is a little worried he may be sent to jail if convicted.

"Look, I've done the wrong thing, I've gotta give back to the community and hopefully my court case goes well," he said.

"Deep down inside I'm a little bit worried . . . but I can't change that.

"I can't worry about it too much, so I've just got to worry about getting to work on time and playing some good football."

The former West Coast Eagles midfielder has pleaded not guilty to two counts of endangering the life, health or safety of a person over allegations he poured a flammable liquid around a Glendalough house and threatened to light it.

In an interview with Seven News, Mr Kerr said he was pleased his court-ordered curfew was dropped, enabling him to take up a job in Denmark and play football for Denmark-Walpole.

"It's a little bit getting out of Perth and staying out of trouble, also about helping the community a little bit down there, I'll be coaching the colts team," he said.

Mr Kerr has not spoken about his alleged offences because of the pending court case but says it is the most trouble he has been in.

"This one was definitely the most trouble I've been in, it's definitely had the most effect on me and definitely had the most effect on my family," he said. "I can't say I'm totally changed but I definitely won't be doing anything wrong or anything intentionally wrong in the near future.

"It's definitely put things in perspective . . . made me realise that I have to go out and get a job and work five days a week and have my leisure time on weekends. Really give back a little bit, to what I've been given."

The two-time Brownlow Medal runner-up spent four nights in Hakea Prison after he was charged last year when his parents first refused to sign a $5000 surety to free him on bail.

Mr Kerr said it was the "kick in the butt" he needed to get his life back on track. "It did teach me a lesson," he said. "I'm happy I was kept in there as long as I was.

"It gave me time to straighten up and really reflect on things, and I hope I don't go back."

Mr Kerr has been spending time in Denmark at his holiday shack and said he was looking forward to playing football again and moving into coaching.

"I see my future in football to be able to teach younger kids from the ages of say 13 to 17 how to play football," he said.

Mr Kerr is due to face court again on March 31.

The offences that he has been charged with carry a maximum penalty of seven years jail.