Burty: "Vidovic was a psycho."
Neil: "If footy is the reason the AFL Tribunal should be in charge. They would know what to do."
Teejay: "Lazar's cars bizarre."
Teetea: "Lazar's scars are":
A FORMER AFL St Kilda ruckman was suffering "post football blues", drinking heavily and snowed under at work when he forged a magistrate's signature on a statutory declaration, a Melbourne court heard today.
Lazar Vidovic, 39, of suburban Altona Meadows, today pleaded guilty at the Victorian County Court to five counts of forgery.
The court heard that between January and September last year Vidovic forged a magistrate's signature on statutory declarations concerning several infringements and penalty notices for cars from his Footscray business, Lazar Cars.
Vidovic's lawyer Peter Morrissey said his client felt "beached and adrift" after the end of his football career in 1997 and was suffering "post football blues".
He said Vidovic was also under a lot of pressure at work and received up to 20 penalty notices each week for cars driven by other people.
"When he finished (football) he felt somewhat beached and adrift," Mr Morrissey said.
"When he was conducting his business, he just got snowed under with work."
Mr Morrissey said the retired footballer escaped his troubles through long lunches and drinking at work.
"He found himself drinking a lot and carrying on," Mr Morrissey said.
"The reason is he learnt how to party very hard at St Kilda ...(he) found himself engaging in long lunches and drinking at work."
Vidovic had an 80-game VFL/AFL career between 1989 and 1997, mostly with St Kilda.
Since his retirement after a knee injury, he has sold vehicles from his used car yard, Lazar Cars.
Judge John Nixon adjourned the hearing for sentencing this afternoon.
There have been plenty of Video Vic stories recently, however, his and Spider Everitt's knee injuries combined as the main reason the Saints lost the 1997 Grand Final and the Adelaide Crows jagged the luckiest. Until the next year.