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Ben Cousins set to call it quits

By Melissa Woods 16/08/2010 12:24:18 PM Comments (0)

Controversial Richmond midfielder Ben Cousins is set to announce his AFL retirement at a press conference on Tuesday.

The recovering drug addict spent over three hours at the club's Punt Road headquarters on Monday meeting with Tigers officials.

The 2005 Brownlow Medallist wouldn't reveal his intentions as he left the club, where he has played for two seasons.

It's believed he's finding it increasingly tough to back up at the elite level each week and wants to retire before being forced out of the game.

"I really can't say anything," Cousins, 32, said.

"There's going to be a press conference tomorrow."

Richmond general manager of football Craig Cameron also gave no hint of Cousins' plans.

"We had further discussions with Ben Cousins today, both Ben and the club have sat down and had a chat," Cameron said.

"There will be no further announcements today but there will be an announcement tomorrow morning."

Since the health scare in early July when he was hospitalised because of a bad reaction to a sleeping tablet, Cousins' form has been flawless.

He has been the Tigers' best player over the last month and was again among their better performers in the 89-point defeat to Carlton last Saturday.

But Cousins may be in doubt for Richmond's next match against St Kilda on Saturday after badly corking his leg in the heavy loss to Carlton.

Cousins' two-part documentary detailing his drug addiction and rehabilitation will air on Channel Seven on August 25-26.

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