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Harvey retires

Brent Harvey has announced his retirement from AFL football at North's best and fairest count.

10:10pm Oct 7, 2016

A true Shinboner

Brent Harvey's walked from the Adelaide Oval as the Kangaroos' best player since Wayne Carey.

1:04pm Sep 11, 2016

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177 cm
75 kg
2018 AFL Fantasy Points

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior club: Preston RSL
Recruited from: Northern U18
Draft: #47, 1995 National
Debut: Round 22, 1996 v Richmond


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Background: Pre-NMFC


Harvey was part of the Northern Knights’ premiership side in his draft year of 1995. It was a side which saw no less than 11 players go on to AFL clubs.

The diminutive teenager, standing at only 167cm, also represented Vic Metro at the Under 18 National Championships. Even before being drafted, Harvey already had a reputation as an ultra-competitive player who was able to run out games strongly.

Harvey was adjudged best on ground in the Knights’ Grand Final victory, receiving the TAC Medal for his efforts. North Melbourne would go on to draft him with pick 47 in the 1995 National Draft.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Mid-season, from Shane Watson

"He spent the first quarter of the season down back and the last month he's gone forward – he's just a good player. When the game's on the line, he puts himself in the play and he's smart.

"He was quite good down back; it gave opposition teams something to worry about if he was playing on someone or if he was a spare back there.

"At his age, he still gets the best small defender in attack and his level of performance week to week is to a high standard."

Second half of 2015, from Shane Watson

“His level of performance doesn’t change at all. He’s still got his speed, he’s still consistent and kicks his goals.

“You don’t know when he’s going to stop really. If he keeps playing like he has this year, who knows. You take it for granted because it’s hard to comprehend. 20 years into his career, he’s still churning out these numbers.


It was hard to guess Brent Harvey was in his 20th AFL season in 2014, such was his level of performance.

Coming out of the gates strongly, he was crucial in back-to-back wins over the Bulldogs and Port Adelaide in Round 2 and 3, and was perhaps a little unlucky not to receive Brownlow votes for the latter game.

His rematch with Ryan Crowley in Round 6 received national attention, and it was Harvey who came out the winner with 29 disposals in North’s 13-point victory. It was the first time the side had beaten a Ross Lyon coached team under Brad Scott.

A season-high 39 disposals in Round 10 followed shortly after, while 25 disposals and 3 goals against Richmond in Round 12 earned Harvey a further three Brownlow Medal votes.

A three-week suspension for rough conduct against the Western Bulldogs’ Liam Picken threatened to end his season prematurely, but the veteran was able to return for the semi-final victory against Geelong.

There was one more Tribunal case for Harvey to attend before the preliminary final, as he was cleared of an incident with Joel Selwood, freeing him to face Sydney.

With all things going to plan, Harvey should reach the 400 game milestone in 2015, and could also move into the top three for most goals kicked at North Melbourne.


Mid-season, from Brett Allison

“His ball use and run and carry is always of the highest quality. The main area of his game to keep thinking about is his defensive side.

“He’s really working his way through taggers well this season. I don’t see that as a problem for Harvey since he’s been back playing.

“It’s about his intent and going in to win the ball. When that’s going well he’s the complete player for us.”

End of season review

Fresh right through until the end of the year, Harvey had back-to-back games of 35 and 37 possessions against Melbourne and Geelong respectively.

If he continues his form in 2014, there is every chance he’ll end the year inside the top five for total games played in the AFL.


In the pre-season Harvey stepped down from the captaincy he'd held since 2009, giving the honour to Andrew Swallow.

Without the captaincy, Harvey seemed refreshed, evidenced by his incredible 38-possession game against Geelong in Round 3. He had the most accurate season of his 17 year career, kicking 35.9.

Harvey re-signed for 2013, but will suffer a delayed start to the year after being suspended for six games after two separate incidents in the Elimination Final.


Spending slightly more time forward than in previous years, Harvey saw his name on the scoreboard more often with his 56 scoring shots the most since 2000.

He still took 60 running bounces which was fourth in the AFL and an incredible 47 more than the next best at North.

Harvey finished equal second at the club for disposals, third for goals and equal third for goal assists.


After missing seven games due to injury in 2009, Harvey was back to his best while playing every game in 2010. Following the Round 2 loss to St Kilda, Harvey was in the media spotlight due to a quiet game. He responded with a career high 44 possessions the following week, running West Coast ragged at Etihad Stadium.

The introduction of Brad Scott as senior coach gave Harvey a new lease of life. 63 tackles for the year was a career high, including a game high of nine in the Round 5 win over Hawthorn at Aurora Stadium.


By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 391
    • Kicks 13.7
    • Handballs 8.6
    • Disposals 22.4
    • Marks 4.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.2
    • Goals 1.2
    • AFL Fantasy 86.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 28 Collingwood Rd 13, 2002
Handballs 25 Geelong Cats Rd 19, 2013
Disposals 44 West Coast Eagles Rd 3, 2010
Marks 14 Adelaide Crows Rd 16, 2006
Hit-outs 1 West Coast Eagles Rd 11, 2014
Tackles 9 Hawthorn Rd 5, 2010
Goals 6 Melbourne Rd 3, 2016
AFL Fantasy 163 Fremantle Rd 19, 2010

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points


Individual Stats

- Disposals: 1


Individual Stats

- Disposals: 21
- Clearances: 6
- Inside 50's: 5
- Goals: 1

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 32
- Marks: 6
- Rebound 50's: 6
- Clearances: 4

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 21
- Goals: 3
- Inside 50's: 3
- Time on Ground: 91%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 31
- Inside 50's: 5
- Bounces: 7
- Time on Ground: 90%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 15
- Goals: 2
- Inside 50's: 5
- Time on Ground: 79%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 26
- Inside 50's: 5
- Bounces: 6
- Time on Ground: 88%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 23
- Goals: 4
- Inside 50's: 7
- Time on Ground: 86%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 27
- Goals: 2
- Brownlow votes: 2
- Time on Ground: 89%

NMFC Debut

Round 22, 1996 v Richmond

North Melbourne: 6.5.41, 8.10.58, 12.13.85, 21.15.141
Richmond: 3.2.20, 7.9.51, 12.11.83, 16.13.109

50th Game

Round 9, 1999 v Fremantle
Patersons Stadium

North Melbourne: 4.0.24, 8.4.52, 12.8.80, 17.14.116
Fremantle: 0.4.4, 4.6.30, 8.12.60, 12.14.86

100th Game

Round 13, 2001 v Port Adelaide
Manuka Oval

North Melbourne: 3.3.21, 7.5.47, 12.6.78, 14.11.95
Port Adelaide: 2.3.15, 4.5.29, 5.7.37, 10.13.73

150th Game

Round 22, 2003 v Carlton
Etihad Stadium

North Melbourne: 5.5.35, 12.8.80, 22.11.143, 28.19.187
Carlton: 1.4.10, 2.6.18, 4.8.32, 9.9.63

200th Game

Round 6, 2006 v Hawthorn
Etihad Stadium

North Melbourne: 1.2.8, 6.6.42, 11.10.76, 15.12.102
Hawthorn: 4.4.28, 7.8.50, 10.11.71, 11.14.80

250th Game

Round 9, 2008 v Western Bulldogs
Etihad Stadium

North Melbourne: 5.3.33, 7.7.49, 12.11.84, 16.17.113
Western Bulldogs: 5.3.33, 11.7.73, 14.10.94, 16.14.110

300th Game

Round 21, 2010 v West Coast
Patersons Stadium

North Melbourne: 1.4.10, 6.10.46, 10.13.73, 16.14.110
West Coast: 4.4.28, 7.6.48, 10.10.70, 14.10.94

350th Game

Round 10, 2013 v St Kilda
Etihad Stadium

North Melbourne: 9.7.61, 13.10.88, 17.14.116, 19.19.133
St Kilda: 1.0.6, 4.3.27, 9.3.57, 10.5.65

400th game

Round 17, 2015 v Brisbane

North Melbourne: 5.5.35, 7.7.49, 9.11.65, 16.14.110
Brisbane: 1.1.7, 4.4.28, 4.5.29, 5.8.38