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Quality not quantity for Harvey

By Leonard Siragusa 21/05/2008 08:16:15 PM Comments (0)

North Melbourne's Brent Harvey said he was not interested in a race to set a new club games record hold as he approaches game 250 against the Western Bulldogs on Sunday at Telstra Dome.

Harvey, 30, and captain Adam Simpson (275 games) are closing in on the Kangaroos games record, held by the recently retired Glenn Archer with 311 matches.

While Simpson, 32, believed Harvey, a three time All-Australian, would set a new mark for the club, Harvey claimed he would not be looking too far ahead.

"'Simmo always mentions it, and it would be fantastic and you probably set your next goal at 300," Harvey said.

"But, if that happens, it would be amazing, and if it doesn't happen, I won't be hanging my hat on it. I won't be waiting around for it to happen.

"A wise man once said to me, 'Don't count your games; make your games count'," Harvey said.

While Harvey, who made his debut against Richmond in 1996, said he was proud to notch up the 250 game milestone, he wanted to shift the focus onto beating the undefeated Bulldogs to cement the Roos position in the eight.

"I guess when you first start out playing footy, you don't set out to play 250 games; you set out to play one," Harvey said.

"This is just obviously a huge bonus and (I'm) pretty happy it's come around and (will) try not to get too wound up in it and just make sure we have a win."

"It's a big game and I know it's my 250th, but the Western Bulldogs haven't been beaten and we want to go out there and have a win - that's the most important thing."

Despite his size - he stands at 172cm - Harvey has become the club's most important player following the retirement of Archer last year.

But the three-time best and fairest revealed he had been spoilt to have played alongside the "shinboner of the century" (Archer) and fellow club champions Wayne Carey and Anthony Stevens.

"We lost the flag in 1998 but won one in 1999, so I was probably a little bit naive thinking it was going to happen a lot more than it has.

"What I want to come out of the next few years would be a premiership, and that's what we're striving for."

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