Former NRL prodigy turned drug mule Dan Kilian is sharing his story in a bid to assist others.
In a video launched by Queensland Police, the former Gold Coast Titans beneath 20s participant explains how he went from the cusp of an NRL debut to as a substitute becoming a member of a bikie gang.
Kilian speaks with deep remorse about his time within the gang and consequent two-year stint in jail as his life spiralled uncontrolled.
“I’m Dan Kilian, I’m 24 years outdated, I performed beneath 20s for the Gold Coast Titans and Newcastle Knights,” he says within the video.
“I’m a former nominee of the Rebels motorbike membership. I spent two years and two months in jail.”
Kilian made his under-20s debut whereas in grade 11 and was then supplied a contract on the Newcastle Knights, however demons from his childhood plagued him with anxiousness and despair.
As an alternative of pushing for an NRL debut, he dropped out of the game and moved again dwelling to Coffs Harbour the place he shortly fell in with the fallacious crowd.
Inside “three to 4 months” Kilian turned to drug trafficking to “make some cash” and was a nominee for the Rebels.
“It occurred tremendous shortly, tremendous simply and it may occur to anybody,” he stated.
Kilian went earlier than the courts in 2014 after being caught shopping for 10,000 MDMA tablets for $10 every.
“I used medicine and alcohol to bandaid my despair, however all it did was spiral me uncontrolled,” Kilian recalled.
“It wasn’t nice, some issues will stick with me endlessly,” he stated.
“I went dwelling and put my head in a pillow many occasions and thought, what have I performed?”
Kilian spent two years and two months behind bars and minimize ties with the gang when he was launched.
“Eighteen months in NSW jails on the age of 20 was a actual eye-opener,” he stated.
“I’ve learnt a lot from my previous and if I had my time once more, I wouldn’t do it.
Kilian is now a part of the “Exit Program” by way of Queensland Police Service and Queensland Corrective Providers which assists former bikie gang members wanting a new life.
“That is about serving to gang members rework their lives and switch their backs on gangs. It’s the primary program of this kind within the southern hemisphere,” stated Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan MP.
“It’s about connecting ex-gang members with group providers.”
“Now, by way of the Exit Program and the prevention movies, police are increasing their give attention to exposing the reality of gang membership delivered by ex-gang members themselves and offering a pathway from gangs.
“It is a chance for gang members to alter the course of their life and their households.”