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John Steffensen.

Perth sprinter John Steffensen has made headlines for his outspoken views, which have also seen him get into a lot of trouble.

The 2006 Commonwealth Games 400m champion has been suspended twice in the past two years for bringing track and field into disrepute.

The former Trinity College student has now signed up to appear on The Celebrity Apprentice, which begins on Nine on Tuesday night, as a way for the public will see him in a different light.

"That was the beauty of (Celebrity Apprentice), giving people the opportunity to see me, how I normally am at home and away from the track," he told AAA Weekend.

"With athletics, I believe there is a lot of inequality in track and field as it is run by a very old system and I never fitted into that system because my views – I trained in America for so long – were quite different.

"I always clashed with them, because I felt the younger generation coming up, it was stifling them. I was ruining their boys club by always speaking out, but I felt, end of the day, that was a duty of care I have to the next generation coming up to speak the truth.

"This is a show about being honest and Mr (Mark) Bouris always asks us to be quite frank, so I felt very at home, doing the show, because I got to be myself."

With his six-month suspension ending on August 1, Steffensen said he was unsure whether he would return to sprinting professionally.

"I am not quite sure what the plans are. Obviously I will continue to run, I was in great shape this year but I love boxing as well," he said.

When asked whether reports of him entering the boxing ring professionally were true, he laughed and said, "I can’t really say now."

"I have been training very well, and I am pretty confidant I could do both."

Appearing on Apprentice also gave Steffensen the chance to get closer to one of his heroes, former world champion boxer Jeff Fenech.

"When it comes to boxing, all roads lead to Jeff Fenech in Australia," he said.

"So it is a pretty cool privilege to pick his brain, because I do love the art of fighting a lot, and that has really been a bonus.

"It is definitely something I love doing and he is a very knowledgeable man when it comes to boxing."