North Melbourne great Brent Harvey has revealed that he knocked back several lucrative deals to join rival Victorian clubs in the early 2000s.
Harvey has revealed in his autobiography that he knocked back offers from both Hawthorn and Carlton during his career.
In an extract from the book released by AFL.com.au, Harvey says the Blues, who were then coached by former North boss Denis Pagan, offered Harvey as much as $700,000 per season.
“This proposal was significant and one I head around. There’s no doubt, if I had accepted it, I would have been in the top-five highest paid players in the competition,” Harvey wrote.
“I can honestly say, even if the Blues’ offer had been a million dollars a year, I still would have knocked it back.
“I swear on my kids: no offer would have swayed me because what I was earning was more than fair and North meant the world to me.”
He was also courted by the Hawks, who offered him a deal worth around $1.2 million over three years.
The 38-year-old will break the VFL/AFL games record this week, when he plays his 427th match for the Roos against St Kilda at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.