Boomer won't sit out NAB Cup

Written By Unknown on Jumat, 18 Januari 2013 | 14.43

Brent Harvey is suspended until Round 7 of the home-and-away season. Picture: Wayne Ludbey Source: Herald Sun

SUSPENDED North Melbourne champion Brent Harvey is looking forward to the NAB Cup before a six-week stint on the sidelines.

Harvey, 34, was rubbed out for separate off-the-ball incidents in the Kangaroos' heavy elimination final loss to West Coast last year.

But the wily midfielder entering his 18th season is keen to make amends, in the NAB Cup and in the coaches box, when the Kangaroos begin their 2013 campaign.

"We're pretty keen to get in there and have a good crack, because the way we finished off the season last year, we still got so much to improve on," the 346-game veteran said.

"I reckon this is a really good launching pad to start improving what we really need to work on and put the new stuff that we've been doing at training into games.

"I'm very keen to play in games one and two, definitely.

"I'm not too sure about the last NAB Cup game, knowing (coach) Brad's (Scott) going to want to get his team right for Round 1 and I understand that.

"It will be good going into it knowing that I need to play a lot of game time, normally being older they sit you on the bench for the second half.

"I reckon this year he'll say, 'Off you go, play as long as you want, as long as you can'."

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Harvey is set to help out as the assistant coach during his suspension.

"Obviously, it's not a great thing to be out for the first six weeks but I've got to turn that negative into a positive.

"I really enjoyed (mentoring the younger guys when I injured my elbow) so I'm hoping there's a little role there for me on match days.

Boxer Brad Pitt spars with North Melbourne AFL footballer Majak Daw during a training session at Princes Park. Picture: Andrew Henshaw Source: Herald Sun

"I might be an extra set of eyes on the stoppages or watching the small half forwards like Lindsay Thomas and Kieran Harper... as long as it's something I'll be happy to turn that negative into a positive."

Harvey said the early season form of Harper, rebounding defender Shaun Atley and young ruckman Majak Daw gave him confidence the Roos could improve again in 2013.

"(Harper's) got a great tank now, look at him 12 months ago and he's just getting around, look at him now and he's beating most guys in the time trial," Harvey said.

"I'd like to see him playing half-forward because he'll kick you 30 goals a year.

"Majak's a beast. He's so big and strong.

"He just needs an opportunity."

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