TIRELESS VETERAN: Brent Harvey of the Kangaroos will play his 427th AFL match this weekend, breaking the record of Michael Tuck.
TIRELESS VETERAN: Brent Harvey of the Kangaroos will play his 427th AFL match this weekend, breaking the record of Michael Tuck. TRACEY NEARMY

Harvey settles spat with Carey ahead of record game

AFL: With their public spat resolved, Wayne Carey is expected to interview Brent Harvey on Saturday night for Channel Seven after the North Melbourne veteran breaks the record for most games played in the AFL.

Harvey – who will play his 427th match, breaking the record of Hawthorn great Michael Tuck – has apologised to his former skipper after Carey took exception to extracts from Harvey’s new book, Boomer.

In it, Harvey described Carey’s affair with the wife of their then teammate Anthony Stevens as despicable, and alleged North had paid hush money to protect Carey’s reputation.

Carey responded on radio, denying North paid any hush money to protect him and saying it was terribly sad Harvey had sensationalised false allegations.

Harvey said Carey rang him on Sunday night to resolve the matter.

“For me, a lot of it was rumour ... it wasn’t fact,” Harvey said yesterday.

“In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have put it in the book, but unfortunately I have.

“I apologised to him, he accepted that, which is fantastic.”

Harvey said he planned to meet with coach Brad Scott in the next couple of weeks about playing on next season.

“Absolutely, if the club says yes, I have no doubt the body and the mind would hold up for another pre-season,” he said.

“Hopefully we’ll go deep into September, and even early October, and then another pre-season.”

Eighth-placed North is two games clear of ninth-placed St Kilda, its opponent on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium.


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