North Melbourne shocks the futty world with the decision to cut legendary player Boomer Harvey. The Australian Football League (AFL) games record holder is not the only not being offered contracts for 2017 as the decision also includes forward Drew Petrie, midfielder Nick Dal Santo and defender Michael Firrito.
Fans are still shocked and outraged by the decision to call time on Harvey, and their sentiments is being shared by Roos coach Brad Scott, who said that the call to remove Harvey ?was his hardest day in coaching.
Coach Scott shares that ?It?s a heartbreaking decision…I spoke to all four boys yesterday and it?s easily the hardest day of my coaching career?I can understand, I can empathise with the disappointment and the emotion that?s involved in this. To the boys? credit to a man they all talked about while they were really disappointed they completely understand…I?m not ashamed to say I love these guys and if they were here in 2017, I?d play them. That would not be in our best interests.?
Scott can level with North supporters and understands their frustrations on the Harvey decision. But Scott really believes that the decision, as heart wrenching as it is, would be for the best.
The club originally planned on making a decision on the group?s future after the final round of the regular season, but their collapse down the ladder and potential failure to play in the finals has forced the club to make the decision.
Before breaking Michael Tuck?s record, Harvey shared his desire to keep playing saying “I’ve always said, if my mind and my body is good, I’d love to play footy as long as I can.” He added that ?If the club says yes, I’ve got no doubt that the body and the mind holds up for another preseason, and hopefully we go deep into September or early October.”