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Cousins AFL form great as decision nears

By Roger Vaughan 15/08/2010 05:22:49 PM Comments (0)

Going solely on his current AFL form, Richmond veteran Ben Cousins is doing everything possible to secure one more playing contract.

But there is widespread speculation that the round-22 clash against Port Adelaide will mark the end of the former West Coast captain's tumultuous career.

Cousins, 32, has been the Tigers' best player over the last month and was one of the few to emerge with credit from Saturday's 89-point thumping by Carlton.

Coach Damien Hardwick has confirmed that the club will meet with the Brownlow Medallist on Monday, with a decision on his playing future to be made later in the week.

The Tigers stress that this will be a mutual decision - that it is as much Cousins' call as what the club wants.

If these are his last few games, then Cousins is bowing out impressively.

Since his health scare at the start of last month, when he was hospitalised because of a bad reaction to a sleeping tablet, Cousins' form has been flawless.

He has played five matches and had at least 24 disposals each time.

Cousins looked in big trouble when he limped off in the second term of the Carlton loss, but despite his calf injury he played out the match.

Hardwick said post match that deciding Cousins' playing future would not be a simple process.

"There's a number of factors that come into it," he said.

"We'll sit down with our recruiting staff, our list management, decide how many draft picks we need to have, decide what our talent base is and make an informed decision from there.

"There'll be a number of people making a decision, it will be an informed one and later in the week we'll make (the decision)."

Channel Seven also announced on Friday they would screen Cousins' documentary on August 25-26.

The two-part documentary is Cousins' project and details his drug addiction and rehabilitation.

AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou has criticised Seven for how they have promoted the program, saying "they are all about ratings and exploitation".

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