North debt free for the first time since 1987

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Dr Tigris

Premium Platinum
Aug 19, 2009
8,887
23,413
Canberra
AFL Club
Richmond
Yes and no.

Brad's "Godfather offers" strategy didn't work.

But there's no denying we were right in identifying the players to target - Dusty and Josh Kelly.

Agree. It's a yes and no thing.

I'm of the view that you need mature bodies and heads to allow younger guys to develop properly. But then ... it worked out in such a way that North has good finances and a good squad of young players.
 

SimpkinByTheDockOfTheBay

Seasoned Football Analyst
Aug 21, 2018
21,499
52,571
AFL Club
North Melbourne
The era of clubs facing existential threats like folding or merging seems to have ended . Think North to Gold Coast pre Gold Coast in 2007 was the last time it was realistically an option.
Gil's a Saint and the above situation was before his watch . A new head of operations could change this but I think it's generally accepted now the merger/folding days are a thing of the past.

Demetriou was a Roo. I agree the forced fold/relocate days are over though. But they still have insidious means of shafting clubs.

As long as St Kilda pays its debt it will be fine.
 

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Kwality

Hall of Famer
Aug 14, 2011
36,453
13,673
Trafalgar
AFL Club
West Coast
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Demetriou was a Roo. I agree the forced fold/relocate days are over though. But they still have insidious means of shafting clubs.

As long as St Kilda pays its debt it will be fine.

The problem remains of living within its means with Covid & that applies to every club in the competition.
 

SimpkinByTheDockOfTheBay

Seasoned Football Analyst
Aug 21, 2018
21,499
52,571
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Agree. It's a yes and no thing.

I'm of the view that you need mature bodies and heads to allow younger guys to develop properly. But then ... it worked out in such a way that North has good finances and a good squad of young players.

We've always had to be smart and agile.

We missed on Dusty and Kelly but we hit on the Ten Year Rule back in the day. We got Carey and Longmire for a song by being crafty.

We were quick enough to snaffle Hugh Greenwood to cover for Cunners and help the high end draft pick mids develop.

As long as you're willing to recognise it won't always work, the strategy is fine.
 

mouncey2franklin

Norm Smith Medallist
Jun 16, 2018
6,486
10,409
AFL Club
North Melbourne
He had a serious health issue and requested privacy after he left the club.
And then turned up at a different club within months.

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Le Grille

Brownlow Medallist
Feb 14, 2005
16,134
28,682
Perth
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Can you explain why Fremantle having a lot of grave shifts but has the least amount of funding any AFL clubs over 20 years?

We pretty much break even each year but the likes of Richmond and Collingwood get more funding and post profits.

The last Friday game for the Dockers was in 2015, yet the Blues has 3 or 4 games a year but get $5m more funding.
For whatever reason the 2:40 time slot in wa works way better for Perth than a 4:40 time slot in Melbourne.
 

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