North Melbourne premiership player Brent Harvey has rebuked claims that a number of star Kangaroos will be looking for the exit at Arden Street following Alastair Clarkson's choice to take leave from his head coaching post.
The Kangaroos announced that Clarkson had enacted a leave of absence from the football club on Thursday morning, citing the ongoing Hawthorn Racism investigation and the adjoining allegations had taken a toll on the 55-year-old's mental and physical health.
With North Melbourne offering no timeline for Clarkson's return, ambiguity surrounding the futures of multiple star Roos was thrown into question after polarising pundit Kane Cornes suggested that this latest stage of instability could be the final straw for names such as Nick Larkey and Ben McKay.
Speaking on Friday morning, Harvey went into bat for his club, suggesting that North's strong culture and history of retaining required players would help steady the ship.
"No I'm not (concerned players will look elsewhere)," Harvey told RSN Radio.
"Over my period at the football club, we haven't had too many people walk out. Once you're in there, I think it's really hard to leave and from afar it might not look this way right now but our culture is still super strong.
"And that's been like that for a long time. The strongest thing we have at our football club is good people and we've changed a few things this year and brought (even more) great people in.
"I don't think this (Clarkson's absence) will have a bearing on that at all.
"We do have a couple players coming out of contract at the end of the season but I honestly don't think this hiccup will make any difference for our players to want to leave."
At present, the in-form Larkey is set to see his contract expire at the cessation of the 2024 season, a time in which key pillars Jy Simpkin, Cameron Zurhaar and soon-to-be debutant George Wardlaw will also need to negotiate new deals.
Ratten is set to lead the Roos into battle against Sydney at Marvel Stadium on Sunday.