Ben Hudson of the Brisbane Lions.
Ben Hudson of the Brisbane Lions. Matt Roberts - Getty Images

Lions ruckman Ben Hudson announces retirement

BRISBANE Lions ruckman Ben Hudson has announced his retirement after 161 games for three clubs in nine seasons.

Hudson, who turns 34 in February, delayed his retirement at the end of 2011 by joining the Lions as a 'back-up' senior ruckman to help fill the void until the likes of promising teenager Billy Longer gained more experience.

Hudson's recruitment proved to be a masterstroke.

An early-season Achilles injury to Matthew Leuenberger saw Hudson play 18 games for the Lions in 2012 - far more than he, and the club, had anticipated.

The former Adelaide and Western Bulldogs big man said he had thoroughly enjoyed his brief time at the Lions and was keen to stay in the game in some capacity.

Meanwhile the Kurt Tippett saga took another twist yesterday with the Giants signalling they would be interested in picking up the former Crows forward if was available in next month's national draft.

"If he is affordable then we'd look to select him for sure," Giants CEO Dave Matthews said.

The three-year contract Tippett signed with the Crows in 2009 is being investigated by the AFL in relation to possible draft tampering and salary cap issues.

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