Chris's match-up

CHANCE: Former local footballer Chris Nicholls is taking a chance on love by taking part in the Nine Network's Married At First Sight program. He hopes for a potential life partner.
CHANCE: Former local footballer Chris Nicholls is taking a chance on love by taking part in the Nine Network's Married At First Sight program. He hopes for a potential life partner.

Former Padthaway Lions footballer Chris Nicholls is "crazy" about Married at First Sight.

The popular show has returned to television ... and father-of-two Mr Nicholls, 37, is among those looking for love.

This year's cast is full of attractive men and women wanting to find "the one".

Residents from Padthaway may recognise Mr Nicholls who is among the show's eligible bachelors.

He will feature in the newest edition of the show.

Considered one of Australia's most controversial "social experiments", the show involves contestants being matched by three relationship experts before meeting their partners for the first time at the altar.

Mr Nicholls joined the Lions during the 2009 Kowree-Naracoorte-Tatiara Football League season along with brother James.

His lone season with the club resulted in him playing 14 matches as well as providing a valuable avenue up forward, kicking 14 goals for the season. He also had two stints at Border Districts.

After facing challenges on the football field, the single father of two young boys is set to face a new and unique challenge. In his introduction video, the correctional youth worker said he had tried most avenues to find love, including dating apps and blind dates, but had no luck.

He said that he had decided to bite the bullet and apply to join the show after being dared to do so by one of his mates, but he then realised "what did I have to lose?" Saying it is one of the "craziest things he has ever done" to find love, he hopes his potential life partner has a great personality, is relaxed and easy-going, along with not being scared to "give things a go".

The show has been a ratings success for the Nine Network.

The program is based on the Danish series of the same name and features couples getting married after being matched by "experts".

It kicked off its seventh season on February 3 and fans were encouraged to get ready to meet the Aussie participants of 2020.

From the second each couple says 'I do', their relationship is under the microscope from both from the experts and the other couples in unpredictable television.

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