A LIFE ban on former Coleambally coach Josh Hamilton has been quashed on appeal.
Hamilton was de-registered in August 2017 after he received a three-week suspension for head-butting.
But Hamilton, who played at Lavington and Griffith before Coleambally, 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.
He joined Griffith Swans in 2014 and 2015 and then took on the coaching job at Coleambally in 2016, when he led the Blues to the Farrer League grand final in his first year at the helm.
He was suspended for eight weeks in two separate incidents in the decider.
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