A decision on the playing future of AFL games record holder Brent Harvey won’t be made until North Melbourne’s 2016 campaign is over, according to coach Brad Scott.
Harvey is one of a host of older players – including Drew Petrie, Nick Dal Santo, Jarrad Waite and Michael Firrito – the club will need to make difficult calls on as they ponder their playing stocks for the 2017 season.
Harvey has already indicated his desire to play on, but Scott said not even someone of the 38-year-old’s standing in the game gets to make that decision on his own.
“I don’t think anyone is given that choice … I mean you look at players at any club over a period of time,” Scott said.
“I understand that the questions are going to come about Boomer and our senior players but … I’m not going to talk about it from here on in.
“I’ll talk about it when we’ve got something to tell you.” Scott dismissed suggestions Harvey’s playing future was on the agenda at a scheduled board meeting at the club this week.
Harvey overtook Hawthorn great Michael Tuck in round 19 to become the AFL games record holder, which stands at 429 matches ahead of Saturday’s clash against Sydney.
The veteran has maintained good form for most of his 21st AFL season, averaging just over 20 touches a game and booting 31 goals.
But North Melbourne greats Wayne Carey and Wayne Schwass are of the belief that Harvey should retire to give greater opportunities to the club’s next generation of talent.
“I think everyone’s entitled to their opinion – a player of his stature as the record games holder … everyone is going to have a view, but I’ll continue to talk with Boomer about that,” Scott said.
“(But) we’ve got to focus on the next two games of the home-and-away season and hopefully a finals series.
“We’ll address all those (player) issues when we need to but it’s not right now.”