AFTER the completion of the 2012 AFL season the league will be revolutionised by the introduction of free agency.
For eligible players this will give them the ability to leave their current club, bypassing the draft and trade periods, and essentially pick their next employer themselves. For the AFL, this will be an unprecedented change.
In the lead up to the introduction of free agency Football Nation is running a series of articles by guest writer Sam Mills that will focus on what free agency will do to your club at the end of the season.
There is not one chance that Harvey will leave. The 34-year old personifies the ‘shinboner spirit’ with his attack at the ball and in-and-under approach despite being so small in stature. As the only player still in the AFL to have played in North Melbourne’s 1999 premiership side, he is an urestricted free agent, who may likely have one season left on the clubs list before taking up a coaching role.
28-year old Firrito is unlikely to attract much interest and will not want to leave. The only sides who might look at Firrito would be younger teams looking for experienced players. The unrestricted free agent has not been in top form so far this season, but the man wearing Glenn Archer’s old number 11 will stick with the Roos for many years to come.
North Melbourne will not feel the pinch of free agency this year, with only two players that can be looked at. Those two players are also some of the most loyal at the club. The season so far has not gone to plan, but with Brad Scott at the helm and an exciting young list, you can expect big things from the Roos in the near future, and who would want to miss that?
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