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AFL news: North Melbourne legend Brent Harvey on resurgence under Rhyce Shaw

The Advertiser 2019-06-10 09:08:00

North Melbourne legend Brent Harvey says “anything is possible” after the club surged to 12th on the ladder after its victory over Gold Coast.

The Roos were 17th when assistant Rhyce Shaw took over from Brad Scott, but have cruised to wins against Richmond (37 points) and the Suns (27 points) to climb within four points of the top eight.


Harvey said the club’s Round 13 fixture against top-four side GWS Giants could be season-defining.

“Three weeks ago we were going to finish 17th on the ladder now we’re knocking on the door to finals,” Harvey said.

“I’m not sure if the goals have been reassessed or not, but you win a couple on the trot now and anything is possible.”

Harvey said he had been buoyed by the rapid turnaround since Shaw took charge, but added the platform for the club’s resurgence had been laid by Scott.

“We look at the ladder now and they are one game out of the eight,” he said.

“It’s unbelievable, the way that things can change and change really quickly.

“If we happen to win that game you’re pretty much sitting eighth, ninth or 10th and knocking on the door.”

Harvey said Shaw’s ability to build strong relationships with players and staff since his arrival at Arden Street had been critical to the seamless transition of coaches.

“Those coaches that really connect with people are going to have good careers because that’s what it’s about now, it’s about connecting with people and the relationships,” he told SEN SA.

“The challenge is now can you continue to do that as a senior coach? I think he can and he’s getting the best out of the boys.”

Originally published as Roos great: ‘Anything is possible’