Eddie Betts looks poised to call time on his storied career as soon as Monday, with the champion goalsneak’s 350th match likely to be his last.
Carlton refused to confirm nor deny a 5AA report on Sunday that Betts would announce his retirement on Monday, while Betts’ management group did not return calls from The Age. However industry sources indicated they were expecting Betts, 34, would play his final game against Greater Western Sydney next weekend.
The three-time All-Australian signed a one-year contract extension at the end of last season while agreeing to be downgraded to a rookie-list spot in what was the second season of his Carlton homecoming, after six seasons with Adelaide.
After battling an injury during the pre-season, Betts has played 18 senior games this year, kicking 25 goals.
He went goalless on Saturday night as Carlton were annihilated by 95 points against Port Adelaide, a defeat which Blues coach David Teague conceded had not helped his chances of retaining his job for 2022.
Teague’s future – along with those of many in the club’s football department – had hinged on the findings of an independent review tabled to the Blues’ board last week but whose findings are yet to be made public.
“It’s always a joint decision. We’ll sit down with Eddie and have those conversations,” Teague said of Betts’ future earlier this month.
“He brings a lot to this football club. Whether that’s as a player or not next year, we’d love to have him involved.