MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27: Brent Harvey of the Kangaroos thanks fans during the 2016 AFL Round 23 match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the GWS Giants at Etihad Stadium on August 27, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Brent Harvey officially announces retirement from AFL

North Melbourne champion and AFL games record holder Brent Harvey has announced his retirement from AFL football, after 432 games.

Harvey made the announcement at the Kangaroos’ best and fairest on Friday night, telling the North faithful that he will not play for another AFL club next season.

“I know there has been a lot of speculation about my future and I have wrestled with this decision since the day we were beaten by the Crows (in the elimination final),” Harvey said.

“I think my footy is good enough to go on and the fact that I love my footy so much is why this has been such a tough decision.

“I would like to tell everyone in this room tonight that my decision is not to pull on another team’s jumper.

“That is the reason why I would like to announce my retirement from AFL football.

“It has been an amazing journey and I am extremely privileged to have played one game for the North Melbourne Football Club, let alone play here for 21 years.

“I am extremely excited about the next phase of life with my family and I can’t wait for some new challenges.”

Harvey is expected to play with his brother for North Heidelberg in the Northern Football League club in Victoria.