North Melbourne quartet set to be released

North Melbourne has announced that it will not be re-contracting veterans Brent Harvey, Drew Petrie, Nick Dal Santo and Michael Firrito for 2017.

The club released the following statement a short time ago:

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North Melbourne has made the difficult decision not to re-contract four of its most decorated players.

The club has advised Brent Harvey, Drew Petrie, Nick Dal Santo and Michael Firrito that 2016 would be their last season at Arden Street.

Harvey’s illustrious career in the royal blue and white has spanned an incredible 21-seasons.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 16: Nick Dal Santo of the Kangaroos, Andrew Swallow of the Kangaroos and Daniel Wells of the Kangaroos leave the filed after losing the round 17 AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Port Adelaide Power at Etihad Stadium on July 16, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 16: Nick Dal Santo of the Kangaroos, Andrew Swallow of the Kangaroos and Daniel Wells of the Kangaroos leave the filed after losing the round 17 AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Port Adelaide Power at Etihad Stadium on July 16, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Durable, reliable and elite in every category, ‘Boomer’ will leave a profound legacy.

Currently with a record 430 games under his belt and 516 goals, Harvey’s list of achievements also includes a premiership in 1999, an EJ Whitten Medal, five All-Australian team honours and captaincy in 2008, a record five Syd Barker medals, North Melbourne Team of the Century and Shinboner of the Era (2005-2015).

Since arriving at Arden Street via the 2000 Draft, Petrie has epitomised North’s famed Shinboner Spirit with his team first attitude and courage.

A versatile key position player and All-Australian in 2011, he was the club’s leading goal-kicker five times in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.

Petrie became just the fifth North player to reach the 300-game milestone and represented Australia in the International Rules in 2008.

Firrito is a fierce competitor who never takes a backward step. Stoic in defence, he has been a galvanising force that held the club together in the toughest of times.

Often given roles on much larger opponents down back, ‘Spud’ has been a standout since being elevated off the club’s Rookie List in 2003 and is considered the ultimate club-man due to his unparalleled courage and bravery.

He won a Rising Star nomination in 2004 and represented Australia in the International Rules series in 2008.

After crossing to North from St Kilda, Dal Santo’s leadership, skill and class helped catapult the Roos into three consecutive finals campaigns including two preliminary finals in 2014 and 2015.

A smooth mover and elite ball user, he has played more than 300 games.

An All-Australian on three occasions, ‘Dal’ also featured in three Grand Finals and was runner-up for the Brownlow medal in 2011.

The club is indebted to these four individuals for their professionalism, leadership, attitude and competitiveness.

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    • Thought boomer might have gone again but I think the club knows what they’re doing. I’m sure they thought about this long and hard. At least I hope so!

    • Bit sad but they can’t keep going for ever.
      Surprised with Boomer.
      Dal and Firrito are too slow. Half the reason we are competitive against quality sides but don’t get the win.
      We have some good youngsters. The way to go I reckon.

  1. Ben Sims Steven Deebee Gunner Sutton please explain to me why when you’re in your “premiership” window you’d get rid of your four most talented, skilled and Experienced players

  2. Shit club, found out for the pretenders they are.
    Time to clean out the dead wood
    Harvey the most selfish player of all time.
    Frito a spud
    Petrie over the hill
    Del Santo wishing he’d stayed at Saints

  3. Just over a lazy 1330 games gone just like that.
    Nicky Del and Petrie – good call.
    Spud – too undisciplined
    Boomer – terrible call. In the clubs top 3 players for the season AGAIN. Deserves another season

  4. Wow! Given how incredibly Brett Harvey has been playing – they can’t be serious. Honor the guy by giving him the option – a true legend of the game. And I don’t even support Nth Mel

    • Boomer says when he wants to retire😉. He is to driven , I expect Richmond, Carlton or St kilda to be having a chat. I think you retire when you lose all form or your body fails you. It’s neither in his case. Dal & Firrito have been solid this year, Firrito could have gone on. Petrie stole a living this year- goodbye! North & Brissy down bottom next year ☺️

    • Frank Cherry it’s confusing Frankie. Scotts making the calls, but depending on how we perform , especially in the first final. If we get belted, I feel his job will be under review. The greats of our clubs (Buckly & Cloke yours) just seem to get shafted, like it’s not even appreciated for what they have achieved 😔

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