The football world was left in shock this week after AFL games record holder Brent “Boomer” Harvey was dramatically advised his services are no longer required at North Melbourne, after 21 stellar seasons.

In what’s been labelled by many as a terribly ruthless decision, the Kangaroos severed ties with the 38-year-old utility, ensuring his 431st game this weekend was his last in the blue and white.

Despite still maintaining the pace, strength and skills required to compete at the highest level, Harvey was one of four veterans axed by the Club, alongside Nick Dal Santo, Drew Petrie and Michael Firrito. While it could be argued that some of the quartet were inconsistent during the 2016 season, the same certainly cannot be said for Harvey who kicked 34 goals in 21 games.

In addition to maintaining his freakish goal-scoring ability, Harvey was the second-highest ranked Kangaroo all season with 479 points – trailing only ruckman Todd Goldstein who had a career-best season with 596 points. Harvey’s 445 disposals were also enough to see him ranked fourth of all Kangaroos.

The reaction from the AFL community has been swift and brutal, as fans of all teams – in particular that of North Melbourne – have publicly criticised the decision and empathised with the pocket rocket who’s kicked 516 goals over his record-breaking career. Many callers on talk-back radio have blasted the Kangaroos hierarchy, some of which also noting their memberships will not be renewed in 2017.

A tough, inspirational, gusty leader, it could be argued that Harvey embodied the ‘Shinboner Spirt’ more than any player throughout the Club’s history, and his leadership both on and off the field will prove to be a great loss for the struggling Kangaroos.

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