Harvey’s Reign Continues
The all-time VFL/AFL games record could fall in 2016 with news North Melbourne’s Brent Harvey has signed a new one-year contract.
The 37-year-old (and 18th oldest player in history) put pen to paper at Arden Street on Thursday morning, ending months of speculation about his future.
The new deal will see the veteran enter a remarkable 21st season – he currently has the 10th longest career since the competition began (18 years, 348 days – September 1, 1996 – August 15, 2015).
Currently on 403 games, ‘Boomer’ sits equal second on the all-time list alongside Richmond legend Kevin Bartlett. At the top of the tree is the games record holder Michael Tuck, who reached 426 games before retiring at the age of 38 in 1991 with Hawthorn.
If selected for the Kangaroos’ remaining three matches, Harvey would finish the home and away season year on 406 games. He would then have the opportunity to add to his tally depending on North’s potential finals campaign.
Harvey began his career at North when he was 17 after being drafted with pick 47 in the 1995 National Draft.
He currently sits equal sixth for most wins of all time with 220.
VFL Premiership 1996
NAB Cup 1998
AFL Premiership 1999
Life Membership North Melbourne
E. J. Whitten Medal: 1999
Syd Barker Medal: 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010
All-Australian: 2000, 2005, 2007, 2008
Australian Representative Honours in International Rules Football: 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008 (C)
Jim Stynes Medal: 2003
Lou Richards Medal: 2007, 2008
Herald Sun Player of the Year: 2008
Archer–Hird Medal: 2009, 2011
North Melbourne F.C. Team of the Century