After months of specualtion that Ben Cousins would make his comeback in 2009 in a St Kilda guernsey the board has chosen to stop pursuing Cousins after a meeting today.

St Kilda have been leading the race to secure Cousins for months and it now appears they may have been the only club willing to take a punt on the former West Coast champion.

St Kilda issued a press release tonight which stated the club had conducted complex review over a 5 month period regarding Cousins.

Saints CEO, Archie Fraser said, “We owed it to ourselves to undertake a rigorous and thorough review and have now made our decision. This is a decision that we didn’t take lightly and we still believe that for the right Club, Ben could well be a great opportunity.”

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