A LIFE ban on a former Lavington footballer has been quashed on appeal.
Josh Hamilton was de-registered in August 2017 after he received a three-week suspension for head-butting while at Coleambally.
On top of an eight-week ban in the 2016 Farrer League grand final, plus prior charges, it took his record beyond the 16-game limit which triggers automatic de-registration.
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But Hamilton is now free to resume his football career after the lifetime ban was overturned by the Southern NSW AFL appeals board late last month.
Hamilton has been linked to joining Hume league club Holbrook.
Southern NSW AFL community football manager, Paul Habel, said any player de-registered had the option to appeal after 12 months.
"Josh had his appeal heard prior to Christmas and has been re-registered," Habel said.
"He applied to be re-registered in August and the hearing was adjourned until December.
"There is a number of factors the appeals board takes into account including some form of evidence that the player is rehabilitated and remorseful.
"But if the player is suspended again, that's it with no further right of appeal."
Hamilton debuted for Lavington in 2009 and played almost 50 matches.
The talented big man is also an Ovens and Murray league representative.
Hamilton coached Coleambally in 2016 and led the Blues to the grand final in his first year at the helm.
He was suspended for eight weeks in two separate incidents in the decider.