Boomer may not know fate until off-season

Brent Harvey wanted to know his future at North Melbourne early but still might not learn whether his stellar AFL career is over until after the end of the season.

The league’s games record holder was of the belief he had another year in him at the Kangaroos before being told by the club along with three other veterans on Wednesday his contract wouldn’t be renewed for 2017.

He and his manager Shane Casley, who also looks after fellow All-Australian discard Drew Petrie, have not spoken about his future since being informed of the call by coach Brad Scott.

Regardless of what Harvey decides to do, though, his agent doesn’t believe any offers will come through until after the finals.

“We’ll catch up once the season is over and chat about all that,” Casley told RSN927 on Thursday.

“I wouldn’t expect that they will while the footy season is on.”

Harvey will be 39 next May but both he and Casley approached the Kangaroos as recently as the past month to tell them they believed the 430-gamer could stick around for another season.

“From Boomer’s point of view if he’s playing good footy, his body is right and his mind is right then he would want to go on,” Casley said.

“We think he ticks all the boxes to go on.

“And from that point of view he would like to.”

Harvey was approached by Carlton and later Hawthorn at times in his career but he later reasoned that he opted to stick at Arden St because the club meant the world to him.

However he may now be forced to consider playing against the Kangaroos if he wishes to continue his AFL career.

“It’s a hard question,” Casley said.

“He certainly did a couple of years ago when contract discussions stalled with the Kangaroos. The Hawks did approach us and we considered it.

“This is another two or three years on, it’s a lot further down the track. It would be a long shot I would have thought but we haven’t had that chat.”

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