WHEN Mark Seaby is in the ruck at the SCG tonight, he will need to listen that little more closely, just to make sure which voice is on his side now.He’ll be listening for Brett Kirk, Ryan O’Keefe or Jude Bolton, but he might get another call from another familiar voice: one wearing a Richmond jersey. Seaby spent four seasons, played in two grand finals and won a premiership playing alongside Ben Cousins at West Coast.”I might have to watch out for his voice, I’m pretty used to his voice,” he said of Cousins trying to shark some taps. ”We’ll try to avoid him at all costs.”Richmond coach Damien Hardwick confirmed yesterday Cousins would definitely play tonight, despite rumours to the contrary during the week. ”He’s a definite starter,” Hardwick said. ”He’s trained really well this week, which has been pleasing, so he’ll play and hopefully he plays well for us.”Seaby acknowledged the inclusion of Cousins was a major one for the Tigers. ”He just runs all game and he’s a great champion of the game and those guys always bring their experience and knowledge,” he said. ”He’ll be a big threat and we’ll have to watch out for him.”Somewhat surprisingly, Seaby said the drama that surrounded Cousins’s departure from the Eagles following revelations of his drug addiction in 2007 was not a distraction for the then defending premiers.”It wasn’t too difficult at all,” he said. ”I think Ben was just dealing with the things he had to deal with. We just focused on playing footy. We had a reasonably good year in ’07, he had to deal with his own personal stuff.”I don’t think it was [a distraction]. I think we were still pretty grounded as a club, and we just tried to keep it internal and deal with what we had to deal with in terms of winning games and I think we did all right in that.”Asked if he was aware of the problems Cousins was having off the field, Seaby replied: ”Probably not. That was his personal stuff. I didn’t really want to know too much. It’s something probably Ben and the people who were close to him had to deal with.”Even though Richmond have been belted in the opening two rounds, Seaby said the Swans would not be complacent against them. ”I think we are expecting a big fight. No team likes to start the season with two losses, let alone three or four, and I think they will be coming here red-hot and they will be out for a win.”The Swans-Richmond game will be played at 7.10pm, not 2.10pm as listed in the Herald yesterday.Michael Cowley
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