MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 17: Brent Harvey of the Kangaroos in action during the 2016 AFL Round 13 match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Hawthorn Hawks at Etihad Stadium on June 17, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

JUST IN: Boomer breaks his silence

Brent Harvey has broken his silence following his axing from North Melbourne yesterday, sharing the following message via his Instagram account.

Harvey, along with fellow veterans Drew Petrie, Nick Dal Santo and Michael Firrito were told by the club yesterday that they will not be offered new contracts for 2017.

Right now, I feel a bit flat and sad because I won’t be playing at North Melbourne next year. But that was always going to be the case no matter when my career at Arden Street ended. I know there are a lot of angry and disappointed fans out there and I love you all for your passion and care for me in this situation. But I need you all to know that I’m ok with what’s happened. It’s okay to feel upset, Brad and those in charge had a tough decision to make. I’m not angry at them about it at all, and have been in footy long enough to understand how it all works and that no individual is ever, bigger than the club. More than anything, I appreciate Brad’s honesty because I put him in a difficult situation when I asked to know where I stood. He did the right thing and told us all the truth. I was given the opportunity, along with Drewy, Spud and Dal, to speak to the media yesterday but physically couldn’t. I would have broken down and didn’t want to do that. I want to be clear that is wasn’t because we were angry, like some people are suggesting. When the time is right, I will speak but I’m not sure when that will be. While this is hard for all of us, it’s important that we don’t lose sight of what’s in front of us. Finals are just around the corner and rest assured, we will do everything we can to win. We’d all like nothing more than to go out on a high. As for my future, well this has all happened so fast and I haven’t had a chance to consider what’s next. After the season, I will weigh everything up with my family and manager. Thanks for all your support in what’s been a tough few days. You’re the best supporters in the AFL and I urge you to stand by the club because the future will be exciting. I’ll never forget what an absolute privilege its been to play for this amazing club for 21 years. Go Roos! Boomer

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  1. Someone forgot to tell Norf that they are meant to begin tanking at the end of the season… not the week before they are about to play finals. #woodenspooners2017

  2. Should have retired last year to go out on his own terms rather than chasing individual accolades. Don’t like seeing champions of the game being told they are no longer required, would be nice to see them get in first and announce the retirement.

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