Sam Fisher knew this day was coming.

The former St Kilda champion is in jail, and set to spend at least three years behind bars.

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On Thursday, the judge handed the 41-year-old a maximum prison term of five years and four months after he pleaded guilty to six drug offences.

He will be eligible for parole after three years but that is cold comfort for the former footballer.

It’s a huge fall from grace after his heady years as an AFL star, playing in grand finals for the Saints and winning best-and-fairest awards.

Fisher could be heard sobbing as prison authorities took him away.
Fisher could be heard sobbing as prison authorities took him away. Credit: Seven

Fisher was obviously highly emotional as he stood in the County Court.

As judge Gerard Mullaly handed down his sentence, he looked at his parents and, in a heartbreaking gesture, sadly waved goodbye.

He gave his barrister Dermot Dann KC an emotional and final embrace.

And then he could be heard sobbing as he was led out of the courtroom by custody officers.

Fisher’s charges included trafficking a commercial quantity of methamphetamine, cocaine and 1,4-Butanediol, and three counts of drug possession.

He was arrested by police in May 2022 for trafficking 996g of methamphetamine and 82g of cocaine from Melbourne to Western Australia.

He had picked up a rangehood from Harvey Norman in Moorabbin and then delivered it to a Melbourne patisserie owned by his co-accused Julien Morvan’s father, with the drugs inside.

Police intercepted the package on April 20, and found two hidden parcels containing the drugs inside the rangehood.

Judge Gerard Mullaly found there were “powerful reasons” to hand Fisher a sentence below the standard due to the lesser role he played in the plot, his significant reform and deep remorse.

Fisher celebrates his 200th game in 2015.
Fisher celebrates his 200th game in 2015. Credit: Getty Images

He said Fisher’s drug use had spiralled out of control after the former St Kilda star retired from professional football in 2016 and struggled to find consistent employment.

“You acknowledge now you were fiercely addicted and consuming multiple drugs in an uncontrollable fashion,” Mullaly said.

“You began to move in circles with others involving drugs.

“Your chaotic lifestyle came to an abrupt end when you were arrested.”

Judge Mullaly also noted that Fisher was a “long way from the daily drug taker” that he was in 2022 and hoped that he would get released on parole.

“You have well and truly moved to reversing what was an out of character episode in your life,” he said.

“Your pending incarceration would cause difficulties for (your family). This concern will make jail harder.”

It’s a sad fall for a life that once burned so brightly.

When Fisher was a young man, he not only excelled at Australian Football, but was a brilliant golfer with a handicap of 1.

But he chose football over golf and was drafted by St Kilda in 2003.

He quickly became a key cog in the Saints line-up and the defender placed third in the club’s best-and-fairest in 2006.

The following year he was the runner-up and in 2008 he was named All-Australian and won the first of his two Trevor Barker awards.

He retired at the end of 2016 after 228 games.

– With AAP