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WAGGA-BOUND: Daniel Kerr fires out a handball for the Eagles against Geelong in 2012. Picture: Getty ImagesCSU Bushpigs are bringing former West Coast Eagles star Daniel Kerr to the Farrer League in April.
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The 2006 premiership player will make a one-off appearance for the Bushpigs – under lights at Wagga’s Robertson Oval on April 28 against reigning premiers East Wagga-Kooringal.

CSU’s first home game of the year had already been booked for the Friday night before the club decided to chase a big-name for the occasion. And Kerr, one of the elite midfielders of his generation, fitted the bill.

“It will put a bit of excitement into the start of the year and it’sa great opportunity for our players to play alongside an AFL premiership player,” CSU president Tristan Robinson said.

“It’s only going to raise the profile of the league and our club and it’s a good opportunity for East Wagga too –for one of their players to play on a recent AFL player and one of the better players of the past decade or so.

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Kerr last year celebrating 10 years since the Eagles’ 2006 premiership.

A young Kerr is shortened up by St Kilda’s Fraser Gehrig in the 2006 season

Kerr in the clear again, against the Crows in 2012

Kerr with another clearance against St Kilda in 2013.

Kerr lunges out of a contest against the Kangaroos during a game in Perth in 2012.

Kerr is chaired off by teammates after his 200th game, in Hobart against North Melbourne during the 2012 season.

Celebrating victory against Adelaide in the 2006 finals series.

Kerr in flight in the 2006 grand final against the Sydney Swans.

Kerr airborne at Patersons Stadium in 2013 in a game against Carlton

Kerr fires out a handball against Geelong in 2012.

Kerr has a shot at goal against North Melbourne in 2012.

Kerr gets a kick against North Melbourne in 2013

Kerr on the back of David Zaharakis in a 2013 match

Kerr lines up another kick during the 2013 season

Flying for a contest against Essendon in 2012

Reaching for a grab against Geelong during the 2012 season

Classic Kerr pose

Kerr flies for a mark in 2012

Kerr celebrates victory in the 2006 grand final against the Sydney Swans.

Kerr in the 2013 elimination final.

TweetFacebookKerr retirement highlights“I’ve had assurances he’s on the straight and narrow,” Robinson said.

“He’s been playing some footy in regional Western Australia and doing community work with the Indigenous population. We’re confident that he’s looking at country footy as a way to give back but also to share his story.”

“For us, he canoffer a bit of guidance to young kids who have moved to Wagga for uni, with advice on the decisions they’ll be making and the temptations that they’ll face.”

​Kerr will be in Wagga for Thursday night training,before a team meal atnew sponsor, the William Farrer Hotel.He will spend Friday with club officials and sponsors before donning the Bushpigs strip.

Daniel Kerr played 220 games for West Coast, from 2001 to 2013, including the 2006 grand final win against Sydney. Picture: Getty Images

Robinson acknowledged that marquee appearances aren’t for all clubs but believes it’s an ideal scenario for the Bushpigs who are intent on improving their crowds, supporter base and profile this year.

“It depends where your club is and where you’re trying to go,” he said.

“If you had a premiership defence or thought you might be top two, it might disrupt your season a little. But early in the season for a club like us, the positives outweigh the negatives.”

The Bushpigs have the bye in round one. With a general bye following for the Easter weekend, their first game is not until April 22 – against Temora at Nixon Park –before the Friday night showdown with the Hawks.

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