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Bronze statue of Jim Stynes to be erected outside the MCG in Melbourne


Jim Stynes

Jim Stynes

Jim Stynes

Dublin-born Australian Rules legend Jim Stynes is to be commemorated with a bronze statue outside the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Stynes, who died following a long battle with brain cancer in 2012, will join cricket legends Shane Warne and Neil Harvey, and football greats Norm Smith and John Coleman, to feature in the Avenue of Legends

Melbourne Cricket Club President Paul Sheahan said it was "fitting that 30 years after the Gaelic footballer was recruited from Dublin, we announce Jim Stynes' induction into the Australia Post Avenue of Legends series".

“A true gentleman of the game, Stynes is an exceptional individual whose achievements as a non-Australian-born player remain unmatched," he said. "There is no doubt that he is one of the most extraordinary and inspiring figures in the history of Australian sport.”

Before he left Ireland, Stynes won an All-Ireland minor football winners' medal with his native county in 1984.

During Stynes' 264-game AFL career with Melbourne, he played 244 consecutive games from 1987-98, a record that still stands.

In 1991, he became the only non-Australian-born VFL/AFL player to claim the Brownlow medal.

He won four best and fairest awards, twice earned All-Australian selection and was credited with redefining the role of the modern-day ruckman.

Off-field, Stynes focused on youth work, co-founding the not-for-profit Reach Foundation in 1994 to help at-risk children realise their potential.

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