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Cousins set to re-sign with West Coast

By Tim Clarke 26/05/2006 10:01:06 PM Comments (0)

Brownlow medallist Ben Cousins looks set to play out his career with West Coast after agreeing to a three-year contract extension believed to be worth $600,000 a year.

The former Eagles captain had been due to pen the contract extension several months ago, but off-field dramas in the summer, which saw him stripped of the captaincy following his booze bus controversy, had delayed a decision.

After asking the club for some time to consider his future, Cousins' father and former Geelong favourite Bryan agreed the deal with Eagles' bosses, with the star midfielder due to sign the contract early next week.

Speaking on the Seven Network, Cousins said he was delighted to have secured his future with the club.

"(I am) rapt that the footy club has shown faith in me, and I think the contract and the length of it states their belief in me to play good footy and I intend to repay that by doing so," Cousins said.

"I am certainly not looking any further than the next three years after this year. That will see me out until about 31," Cousins said.

"The footy club has worked its way up into a real position of strength, and all we have to do now is capitalise on it (with a premiership), and it still has to be done."

After being drafted by West Coast in 1995 under the father-son rule, Cousins has crafted out a magnificent career over 214 games on the field, whilst drawing some unwanted and salacious headlines off it.

After making his AFL debut in round four in 1996, he has become a five-time All-Australian, four-time club best-and-fairest and the club's second Brownlow medallist, winning the award last year.

However, Cousins' reported association with Perth underworld figures has brought adverse comment, and intense public scrutiny, after criticism from WA police in May last year following reluctance to cooperate with an investigation into a nightclub shooting.

Then in February this year, the 27 year-old abandoned his car in the middle of a Perth highway and sprinted away from a police booze bus after being ordered to stop.

He subsequently resigned as captain, handing over to Chris Judd, pleaded guilty in court and was fined $900 by a Perth magistrate.

Following the contract extension, Cousins will have an opportunity to move past Glen Jakovich's club games record of 276.

The deal will also move the Eagles closer to retaining the bulk of their stellar midfield.

Vice-captain Andrew Embley and last year's Brownlow Medal runner-up Daniel Kerr also agreed to three-year deals earlier this year.

Judd's current deal runs out at the end of the 2007 season.

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