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Carlton midfielder Brock McLean is on the verge of signing a new one-year deal just months after telling coach Mick Malthouse he wanted to retire.
The 28-year-old was dropped to the VFL earlier in the season and told Malthouse he wanted to end his 11-year AFL career.
McLean since returned to play 16 senior games with the Blues, and says his love for football has returned.
The 28-year-old told the Herald Sun a meeting with a sports psychologist was one of the main reasons behind his turnaround.
“I think being dropped to the VFL might have spurred me on a little bit,” he said.
“I’m a bit of a proud person and I sort of said to myself: ‘Well, if you’re going to go out, you’re not going to go out like this’.
“I’m back in love with the game again.”
McLean has played 63 games with the Blues after being traded from Melbourne at the end of the 2009 season and said he was back to enjoying his football.
“At the moment I’m enjoying my footy and I want to go around next year and the club have indicated to me that they want me to go around next year,” McLean said.
“My exit meeting with Mick, Rob Wiley, Andy McKay and David Buttifant went really well, so we expect to get it done soon.
“I actually enjoy the one-year deals to be honest because I’m at the stage of my career now where things can change pretty quickly. I’m actually excited about the end of my career and getting into the real world and getting a real job and living a real life and not living in this bubble we can football.
“I’m mentally refreshed, physically refreshed and hopefully i’m coming back to pre-season in a good state of mind.