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Kangaroos offer help, support to Carey

By Sam Lienert 05/04/2008 04:12:34 PM Comments (0)

North Melbourne have contacted Wayne Carey to offer him their full support as he battles through life after football.

Kangaroos director Mark Brayshaw said the club had been in touch with their former premiership captain, in the wake of his television interview with Andrew Denton on the ABC's Enough Rope on Monday, in which he revealed details about his battles with drugs and alcohol.

"A lot of you saw Wayne Carey on Enough Rope I'm sure during the week," Brayshaw said at a club function ahead of Saturday's match against Hawthorn at Telstra Dome.

"From the club's standpoint, I just want to say the club has already behind the scenes wished him well, offered him the support of our club if and when he ever needs it."

Brayshaw said he and brother James, the club's president, knew from their own experiences the potential of a football club to provide support through difficult experiences.

"I can speak from personal experience having gone through some tough times when my sister died a year or two ago," he said.

"Without the unqualified support of the North Melbourne family, Jamie or I wouldn't have made it through.

"That's the message that's there to Wayne Carey who is clearly taking a step or two forward in what's going to be a difficult journey.

"We all would have sat and lent forward on our chairs I think on Monday night and the message is clear: 'If you want our help it's there'."

It follows a similar message of support from Adelaide coach Neil Craig earlier in the week.

Craig said he would be happy to provide whatever assistance he and the club could to Carey.

"Obviously Wayne needs a fair bit of help, and maybe the vehicle that has made him so great can also be the vehicle that can help him, which is our great game," Craig said.

"I know if he ever chose to seek out our football club to get some help we'd be more than happy to do that."

Carey played 244 games with North Melbourne from 1989 to 2002, captaining the club to premierships in 1996 and 1999, as well as 28 matches with the Crows in 2003 and 2004.

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