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Tiernan Stynes with the statue of his late dad, Jim, unveiled at the MCG

Tiernan Stynes with the statue of his late dad, Jim, unveiled at the MCG

The statue of Jim Stynes outside the MCG

The statue of Jim Stynes outside the MCG

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Tiernan Stynes with the statue of his late dad, Jim, unveiled at the MCG

A statute of Irish-born Aussie Rules star Jim Stynes has been unveiled outside the MCG in Melbourne.

His son Tiernan was pictured in front of the statue after it was unveiled in a gala ceremony overnight.

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

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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