AFL star Dani Laidley looks stylish in a black cape jacket and leather boots

AFL star Dani Laidley looks glamorous in a black cape jacket as she attends reunion match between North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Sydney Swans

AFL star Dani Laidley turned heads on Sunday on arrival at Melbourne‘s Marvel Stadium for the 1996 premiership reunion game. 

The 54-year-old was all glamour in a black cape jacket, a white blouse with puffed sleeves and knee-high black leather boots. 

The look was accessorised with gold hoop earrings, chic spectacles, a stylish cream scarf and freshly manicured nails.

AFL legend Dani Laidley, 54, (pictured) looked stylish in a black cape jacket and leather boots as she attended the reunion match between North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Sydney Swans at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, on Sunday

AFL legend Dani Laidley, 54, (pictured) looked stylish in a black cape jacket and leather boots as she attended the reunion match between North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Sydney Swans at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne, on Sunday 

Dani smiled and waved to thousands of excited fans pumped for a rematch between the two clubs that fought out 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 honour with old North Melbourne teammates while cheering on the current squad as they ran through the banner to take on Sydney in Round 21.

She accessorised her ensemble with gold hoop earrings, chic spectacles, a stylish cream scarf and freshly manicured nails

She accessorised her ensemble with gold hoop earrings, chic spectacles, a stylish cream scarf and freshly manicured nails 

The footballer-turned-coach was born Dean James Laidey and played 151 AFL games for West Coast and North Melbourne before carving out a 149-game coaching career with the Kangaroos.

 It took almost 45 years for Dani Laidley to discover she had gender dysphoria after struggling with her identity since she was six years old.

While it was only five years ago she received a formal diagnosis of gender dysphoria and only 2020 when she transitioned from male to female, it’s something Laidley has carried with her for a long time.

She accessorised her cutting-edge looks with gold earrings, a stylish cream scarf and freshly manicured nails

She accessorised her cutting-edge looks with gold earrings, a stylish cream scarf and freshly manicured nails

Dani wore her blonde hair out in loose waves as she stood on the field ahead of the game

Dani wore her blonde hair out in loose waves as she stood on the field ahead of the game 

Dani has been dating childhood friend Donna Leckie (pictured, right) since January

Dani has been dating childhood friend Donna Leckie (pictured, right) since January

She addressed engagement rumours with childhood sweetheart Donna Leckie earlier this year after the former athlete set tongues wagging in January with a diamond ring.

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia in March, Dani dismissed the speculation saying, ‘We aren’t getting married and we aren’t engaged’.

The couple, who had been childhood partners both at primary and high school, reconnected in 2017, and rekindled their romance about eight months ago.

Laidley was a 1996 premiership player for the Kangaroos when she was known as Dean Laidley and then coached the AFL club between 2003 and 2009. Pictured in 2015

Laidley was a 1996 premiership player for the Kangaroos when she was known as Dean Laidley and then coached the AFL club between 2003 and 2009. Pictured in 2015 

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