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Turns out MAFS’ Eden Harper’s dad is an AFL legend

Well, that's a game changer

Married At First Sight 2024 blonde bombshell Eden Harper was paired up with Jayden Eynaud, who will all know now is 2023 groom Mitch Eynaud’s brother.

However, Eden has a secret celebrity link of her own.

Eden’s father is Phil Harper, who’s an AFL legend and has worked with the Adelaide Crows for over 27 years.

Eden and her dad
Eden and her dad Phil. Instagram.

The 28-year-old told Daily Mail Australia that he’ll be making an appearance on MAFS.

“You’ll see whether or not my dad gets to meet Jayden,” she said. “That’s something that will happen a little bit later on.”

She also revealed why her dad had to skip out on her wedding ceremony with Jayden.

“Unfortunately my dad wasn’t able to attend the wedding on the day,” she said. “Obviously with MAFS everything’s so secretive and we didn’t find out the date of our wedding until maybe a week before, and it was just too late for my dad to rearrange work commitments.”

Eden and her dad
Eden and her dad Phil. Instagram.

Who is Phil Harper?

Phil Harper has been with the Adelaide Crows for almost three decades and was previously the team’s football operations general manager.

In 2013, Phil received a ban from the club over illegalities in player Kurt Tippett’s contract. The team were found breaking salary cap and draft rules regarding Tippett’s 2009 re-signing with the Crows.

Eden’s father took responsibility for the breach, even though he wasn’t directly involved with the contracts.

“A lot of people have said to me ‘You’re hard done by – you had nothing to do with that deal’,” he told The Age.

“And really, all those people who have said that to me are family, friends and Crows supporters so they’re all biased.

“What you need to do is say ‘Well, who should judge that?’. And it should be somebody who is independent, which was the AFL Commission – they made a judgment on it and I accept their decision.”

After his ban, Phil returned as the Crows’ football administration general manager. He is now head of Women’s Football at the club.

Mafs bride Eden Harper's dad
Phil Harper. YouTube.

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