North Melbourne veteran Brent Harvey says his team is in a far better position to reach the club’s first Grand Final since 1999 than it was a year ago.
“I look at being tagged as a compliment first of all, and then deal with it second” – Brent Harvey
“The belief this year is so much higher than last year. We’re going to go over and have a massive crack,” Harvey told aflplayers.com.au ahead of the Kangaroos’ Saturday night clash with the West Coast Eagles.
“Brad’s put some really good plans in place and if we execute them right, we think we’re a massive chance.”
Last weekend’s win over the Sydney Swans saw the Kangaroos become the first eighth-placed team to reach a preliminary final.
Harvey was best on ground in the elimination final against Richmond a fortnight ago, finishing with 31 possessions and two goals. While he wasn’t as prolific against the Swans – finishing with 16 possessions and a goal – the 400-gamer made his touches count and has drawn plenty of praise for his recent finals record.
“That’s what we play for, premierships. But to get there you need to win a couple of finals first,” Harvey said when asked about his performances.
“To stand up in those games is something that I’ll be very proud of, if people do speak of me [as being a finals player].”
Watch our full chat with Harvey above.