MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 08: Nick Stevens of the Blues takes part in a handball session during a Carlton Blues AFL training session at Visy Park on June 8, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

Former AFL player Nick Stevens pleads guilty to bashing ex-girlfriend

Former Port Adelaide and Carlton player Nick Stevens will plead guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend Laima McKenna.

Stevens was planning to appeal against a conviction of 12 charges, including the assault of McKenna and making threats to kill her.

However, the Herald Sun reports that Stevens has abandoned his appeal after agreeing to a deal with prosecutors and will plead guilty to two charges of intentionally causing injury to McKenna.

The now 36-year-old, played 127 games for the Power and 104 for Calrton in a career spanning 12 seasons.

McKenna told a magistrate last year that Stevens repeatedly slammed her head into a kitchen tile and threatened to kill her and her father, during a “campaign of harassment and assaults”.

Stevens, who is facing possible prison time, will reappear in court on Thursday for a plea hearing.