Essendon premiership player Dean Wallis is recovering in hospital after suffering a major heart attack.
Wallis, who played in the Bombers’ 1993 and 2000 premierships, was rushed to hospital in Echuca, in Victoria’s north, for lifesaving surgery. He had been in the area for work. Sources close to Wallis, 52, said he was recovering well.
A favourite of former coach Kevin Sheedy, Wallis was known more as an on-field enforcer than for his skill, but he played an important role in the September furnace. He managed 127 senior games before moving into coaching, and was an assistant at St Kilda, Essendon and Fremantle.
It was while he was working at Windy Hill in 2011 that he was suspended for 14 matches and fined $7500, having laid three bets on AFL games, including one involving the Bombers.