AFL Premiership player turned The Block contestant Darren Jolly has been dealt a devastating blow, recently undergoing surgery after discovering a lump on his brain.

The 33-year-old opened up about his terrifying ordeal in a candid interview, set to air on A Current Affair on Monday evening.

In the interview with Tracy Grimshaw, Jolly admits, “I have a lump in the middle of my brain”.

With his wife Deanne, 42, by his side, Jolly candidly discussed the surgery that has put his future on The Block on hold.

Retiring from professional sport less than two years ago, the ruckman played 237 games across the Melbourne Demons, Sydney Swans and Collingwood.

In the interview with Grimshaw, Jolly can be seen stating, “I am only 33”.


Behind the bandages, the full extent of the surgery is revealed, with his partially shaven head covered in stitches and scars.

The exact procedure, reported to be a ventriculostomy, aims to drain excess fluid from the area on his brain to ease pressure and relieve headaches.

The exclusive interview will air on Channel Nine this week.


Earlier this week a channel Nine spokesperson told about Jolly’s current situation.

“Darren will know more about his condition over the next week,” a Nine spokesman said.

“Until then there will be no further comment and he and his family respectfully request privacy while they navigate their way through this serious and sensitive issue.

“His surgery went well and two incision points were created to drain the fluid, which has eased the pressure and headaches.

“A biopsy has been taken to determine what the lump is.”

H/T: A Current Affair

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