AFL star Dani Laidley looks glamorous in a black cape as he watches a reunion game between North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Sydney Swans
AFL star Dani Laidley turned heads on Sunday as he arrived at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium for the premier’s 1996 homecoming game.
The 54-year-old looked all glam in a black cape jacket, white blouse with puff sleeves and black leather knee-high boots.
The look was accessorized with gold hoop earrings, chic glasses, a sleek cream scarf and freshly manicured nails.
AFL legend Dani Laidley, 54 (pictured), looked stylish in a black cape jacket and leather boots as she watched the reunion match between North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Sydney Swans at Marvel Stadium , Melbourne, Sunday
Dani smiled and waved to thousands of excited fans for a rematch between the two clubs who battled it out in the 1996 grand final.
Dani, who was then known as Dean, was part of the Kangaroos team that won the premiership.
Dani formed a guard of honor with former North Melbourne teammates while cheering on the current side as they crossed the banner to face Sydney in Round 21.
She accessorized her ensemble with gold hoop earrings, chic glasses, a sleek cream scarf and freshly manicured nails.
The footballer-turned-coach was born Dean James Laidey and played 151 AFL games for the West Coast and North Melbourne before carving out a 149-game coaching career with the Kangaroos.
It took nearly 45 years for Dani Laidley to discover she suffered from gender dysphoria after struggling with her identity since the age of six.
While only five years ago she was formally diagnosed with gender dysphoria and only in 2020 when she transitioned from male to female is something Laidley has carried with her for a long time.
She accessorized her edgy looks with gold hoop earrings, a sleek cream scarf and freshly manicured nails
Dani wore her blonde hair in loose waves as she stood on the pitch before the game
Dani has been dating childhood friend Donna Leckie (pictured, right) since January
She opened up about engagement rumors to childhood sweetheart Donna Leckie earlier this year after the former athlete broke into talk in January with a diamond ring.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia in March, Dani dismissed the speculation, saying: ‘We are not getting married and we are not engaged’.
The couple, who had been childhood partners in both elementary and high school, reconnected in 2017 and rekindled their romance about eight months ago.
Laidley was a Kangaroos premiership player in 1996 when known as Dean Laidley, then coached the AFL club between 2003 and 2009. Pictured in 2015