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Ponting punt on board role

Matt Thompson  December 13, 2012 10:17 PM

RETIRED Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting has confirmed he wants a spot on the North Melbourne board.

The long-time Kangaroos supporter has often spoken about becoming more involved with the Roos, and having quit international cricket, he’s now ready to play a greater role.

"I’m surprised that (James) Brayshaw hasn’t been on the phone already to tell you the truth," Ponting said on Triple M.

"That’s been something that’s been spoken about a lot the last five or six years, and I’ve always said that while cricket was as busy as it was then there was no chance that I could do it.

"That’s definitely something that I’d be interested in doing, I’ve always said I’ll try and help out the footy club wherever I can, and that’d be a good place to get involved I would think."

The earliest Ponting would likely join the Roos' board is at the club’s annual general meeting in March, or perhaps just after, giving him 12 months before he had to face an election.

But it’s expected a resounding majority of North members would vote in favour of having the former Aussie skipper on the club's list of directors.

Ponting’s declaration comes as the board remains silent on its prolonged search for a new chief executive.

It’s becoming increasingly likely the new club boss won’t be appointed until after Christmas.

A club spokesman said Brayshaw was on holiday until next week and unavailable for comment.

The Kangaroos currently have a seven-member board, but the constitution allows for additional directors to be co-opted on.