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SAS Australia 2022: Meet the new directing staff

Channel Seven revealed two new directing staff (DS) would be joining SAS Australia for the 2022 season – each of whom hold some very impressive credentials.

During an explosive new trailer released on Monday, chief instructor Ant Middleton confirmed US Navy SEAL Clint Emerson and former British Special Forces soldier Dean Stott were joining the show, alongside returning DS Ollie Ollerton.

Emerson was the first to be introduced, with Middleton announcing: ‘He served 20 years as a Navy SEAL, in the US unit that took out Osama bin Laden.’

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Meet your new leaders: Channel Seven revealed two new directing staff (DS) would be joining SAS Australia for the 2022 season – with some very impressive credentials. Pictured L-R: Clint Emerson, Ant Middleton and Dean Stott

‘We have a saying in Texas,’ Emerson said. ‘Don’t mess with Texas. Meaning, nothing will get in our way. 

‘That is the same attitude that these recruits better have.’

After spending decades serving the US in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan, Emerson now runs a crisis management company, is a successful author and has his own podcast called ‘Can You Survive This Podcast?’

Meanwhile, Dean Stott, 44, confirms he is good friends with Prince Harry having worked alongside him for years during his army career.

Stott introduces himself by saying: ‘I served 16 years in the military.

Impressive: Emerson is the first to be introduced, with Middleton saying: 'He served 20 years as a Navy SEAL in the US unit that took out Osama bin Laden'

Impressive: Emerson is the first to be introduced, with Middleton saying: ‘He served 20 years as a Navy SEAL in the US unit that took out Osama bin Laden’

‘I trained alongside Prince Harry, and I’ve been trusted to protect his life. This, is my new mission.’

Stott spoke about his relationship with Prince Harry earlier this year, telling The Daily Mirror: ‘I never saw Harry as a member of the Royal Family but as a soldier and officer.

‘I really got to see the Harry people haven’t seen. That’s how we bonded.’

Stott was a paratrooper to the elite Special Boat Service, before being discharged from the forces following a parachute accident in 2010.

'I trained alongside Prince Harry, and I've been trusted to protect his life. This, is my new mission,' Dean Stott (left) said. Pictured alongside Prince Harry during his career

‘I trained alongside Prince Harry, and I’ve been trusted to protect his life. This, is my new mission,’ Dean Stott (left) said. Pictured alongside Prince Harry during his career

Friends: Stott spoke about his relationship with Prince Harry earlier this year, telling the Daily Mirror: 'I never saw Harry as a member of the Royal Family but as a soldier and officer. 'I really got to see the Harry people haven't seen. That's how we bonded'

Friends: Stott spoke about his relationship with Prince Harry earlier this year, telling the Daily Mirror: ‘I never saw Harry as a member of the Royal Family but as a soldier and officer. ‘I really got to see the Harry people haven’t seen. That’s how we bonded’

Family: Stott is happily married to his wife Alana, and the pair share two children together

Family: Stott is happily married to his wife Alana, and the pair share two children together

He now raises money for charity, is a motivational speaker and is a world-leading security consultant.

Stott also broke not one, but two world records in 2018; the fastest person to cycle the length of South America and the fastest cycle journey of the Pan American Highway.

He is happily married to his wife Alana, and the pair share two children together.

The new duo are replacing DS Jason ‘Foxy’ Fox and Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham.

They weren’t able to appear on the Australian version of the show this season, due to filming commitments for the UK version of the franchise.

The 2022 contestants include retired NRL star Darius Boyd, model Simone Holtznagel as well as Bachelor stars Anna Heinrich and Locky Gilbert.

Truth time: The pair are replacing DS Jason 'Foxy' Fox and Mark 'Billy' Billingham, who were unable to film Down Under due to filming commitments for the UK version of the franchise. (pictured L-R, Middleton Billingham and Fox)

Truth time: The pair are replacing DS Jason ‘Foxy’ Fox and Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham, who were unable to film Down Under due to filming commitments for the UK version of the franchise. (pictured L-R, Middleton Billingham and Fox)

SAS Australia: Meet the 2022 cast

Anna Heinrich, 34 – Bachelor star

Barry Hall, 44 – AFL star

Darius Boyd, 34 – Retired NRL star

Ebanie Bridges, 35 – Champion boxer

Ellia Green, 28 – Rugby player 

Geoff Huegill, 42 – Olympic swimmer

Locky Gilbert, 32 – Bachelor and Survivor star 

Melissa Tkautz, 47 – Singer and actor

Melissa Wu, 29 – Olympic diver

Michael Zerafa, 29 – Professional boxer

Millie Boyle, 23 – NRLW player

Orpheus Pledger, 28 – Former Home and Away actor 

Paul Fenech, 51 – Comedian

Riana Crehan, 34 – Motorsports presenter

Richard Buttrose, 49 – Convicted drug dealer

Simone Holtznagel, 28 – Model

Wayne Carey, 50 – AFL commentator

They will appear alongside former Olympic swimmer Geoff Huegill, Olympic diver Melissa Wu, AFL star Barry Hall, Real Housewives of Sydney’s Melissa Tkautz and convicted cocaine dealer Richard Buttrose.

Boxers Ebanie Bridges and Michael Zerafa as well as comedian Paul Fenech, rugby star Ellia Green, NRLW player Millie Boyle, motorsports presenter Riana Crehan, and AFL commentator Wayne Carey are also set to compete on the show.

Troubled Home and Away heart-throb Orpheus Pledger, who was ­arrested for allegedly being in possession of methamphetamine in February, will also appear on the program.

Meet your 2022 cast! The full line-up for the 2022 season was released at the start of the month, and will include retired NRL star Darius Boyd, model Simone Holtznagel as well as Bachelor stars Anna Heinrich and Locky Gilbert

Meet your 2022 cast! The full line-up for the 2022 season was released at the start of the month, and will include retired NRL star Darius Boyd, model Simone Holtznagel as well as Bachelor stars Anna Heinrich and Locky Gilbert


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