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Boomer a Blue? A Hawk? It almost happened

  • Boomer a Blue? A Hawk? It almost happened

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 25: Brent Harvey of the Kangaroos poses during a North Melbourne Kangaroos AFL training session at Arden Street Ground on July 25, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. Harvey will play his 427th game, surpassing Michael Tuck as the all-time leader for games played in the AFL competition's history. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

North Melbourne veteran and soon to be games record holder Brent Harvey has revealed he was close to signing with Carlton at the beginning of the millennium, back in the early 2000's.

In his autobiography, Harvey states that former North Melbourne coach, then Carlton coach Denis Pagan approached him and offered him the Carlton captaincy straight away, as well as a lucrative $700,000 a season, which back then, was near the top of the tree. 

“This proposal was significant and one I had to get my head around. There’s no doubt, if I had accepted it, I would have been in the top-five highest paid players in the competition,” said Harvey.

Harvey went on to captain North Melbourne from 2009-2012 before midfielder Andrew Swallow took over.

The 38 year old also revealed that Hawthorn offered him a deal worth $1.2m over three seasons and that the offer left him "sick in the stomach" at the thought of leaving North Melbourne. 

“I can honestly say, even if the Blues’ offer had been a million dollars a year, I still would have knocked it back,” he said.

“I swear on my kids: no offer would have swayed me because what I was earning was more than fair and North meant the world to me.”

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