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The Age

Unhappy Rock parts with North

Date: 24/10/1998
Words: 600
          Publication: The Age
Section: Sport
Page: 19
Veteran rover Anthony Rock will attempt to continue his AFL career with another club after North Melbourne yesterday bowed to his request to be delisted.

Rock, who started with the club in the under-19 squad as a 14-year-old and was a member of North's 1996 premiership team, will enter the national draft in a bid to continue his 178-game career.

``Maybe I became a bit stale," Rock said. ``I spent a lot of time on the bench this year and maybe I need to get hungry (again) ."

Rock said yesterday was a sad day for him personally and ``hopefully it's pretty sad for North as well".

North Melbourne football manager Geoff Walsh said Rock had decided to leave yesterday morning and had discussed his future at length with coach Denis Pagan and chief executive Greg Miller.

``It's a sad day for North Melbourne. Rocky's been a great player and a great person around the club. At the end of the day, it's Anthony's decision and we respect that."

Fallen Saint Nicky Winmar is almost certain to continue his 228-game career in the AFL despite yesterday's official end to his tenure at St Kilda.

Winmar, who was contracted for 1999, struck a parting agreement with the Saints that enables him to enter the draft without any financial strings attached.

``There is no question now that he will be available at a reasonable price," said Winmar's manager Peter Jess.

``We've already had inquiries and when you get down to it why wouldn't you look at him with a late pick next month? Are you going to get anything better with pick 60 in the draft than St Kilda's third highest possession winner this year?"

Winmar was one of eight changes to the St Kilda list, with Jayson Daniels and Jamie Elliott retiring, Matthew Lappin traded to Carlton and Lucas Fleming, Ryan Grinter, Rod Keogh and Andrew Lamb all delisted.

The future for Collingwood premiership rover Tony Francis remains unclear. He will go into the draft without contract complications and might appeal to a club looking for a ready-made player. He was one of 11 changes to the Collingwood list.

Paul Brown, who retired to end his nine-year career with Geelong, has been appointed the Cats' new welfare manager.


ADELAIDE: Sudjai Cook, Tim Cook, Greg Dempsey, Ashley Fernee, Tom Gilligan, Aaron Keating, Tony Modra, Chad Rintoul, Clay Sampson, Barry Standfield.

BRISBANE: Andrew Bews, Shane Clayton, Nick Trask, Scott Ralph, Rory Hilton, Nick Carter, Scott Bamford, Tristan Lynch.

CARLTON: Jacob Anstey, Andrew Balkwill, Matthew Clape, Peter Dean, Chris Jackson, Damian Lang, Sam Smart.

COLLINGWOOD: Chris Curren, Matthew Francis, Tony Francis, Shannon Gibson, Chad Liddell, Josh Mahoney, Stuart Mangin, Richard Osborne, Andrew Pugsley, Scott Whiston, Graham Wright.

ESSENDON: Andrew Bomford, Che Cockatoo-Collins, Gary O'Donnell, Ryan O'Connor, Rick Olarenshaw, Matthew Watson, Tim Williams.

FREMANTLE: Scott Chisholm, Gary Dhurrkay, Brendon Feddema, Tony Godden, Kingsley Hunter, Quenton Leach, Martin Whitelaw

GEELONG: Gerrard Bennett, Craig Biddiscombe, Paul Brown, Tim Hargreaves, Martin McKinnon, Sean Simpson, Grant Tanner, David Ugrinic

HAWTHORN: Randall Bone, Jason Dunstall, Kane Fraser, Darren Kappler, Haydon Kilmartin, Stephen Lawrence, Paul Sharkey, Phil Smith

MELBOURNE: Matthew Blake, Damien Gaspar, Hayden Lamaro, Craig Nettelbeck, Shaun Smith, Jim Stynes, Brent Williams

NORTH MELBOURNE: Darren Crocker, Chris Groom, Damien Houlihan, Kent Kingsley, Luke McCormick, Josh Robertson, Anthony Rock

PORT ADELAIDE: David Brown, Jarrod Cotton, Scott Cummings, Darren Fraser, Paul Geister, Tom Harley, Brent Heaver, Adam Heuskes, Scott Matthews

RICHMOND: Nathan Bower, Paul Bulluss, Justin Charles, Daniel Donati, Michael Gale, Matthew Manfield, Trent Nichols, Damien Ryan

ST KILDA: Jayson Daniels, Jamie Elliott, Lucas Fleming, Ryan Grinter, Rod Keogh, Andrew Lamb, Matthew Lappin, Nicky Winmar

SYDNEY: Simon Arnott, Mark Bayes, Adam Coghlan, Brent Green, Simon Hawking, Paul Licuria, David McEwan, Jason Mooney, Brett O'Farrell, Mark Orchard, Paul Roos, Ben Wilson

WEST COAST: Trent Cummings, Tony Evans, Ilija Grgic, Anthony Lovell, Neil Marshall, Jarrad Schofield, Shane Sikora, John Worsfold

WESTERN BULLDOGS: Simon Minton-Connell, Paul Digiovine, Peter Quill. Jacob Rhodes, Sedat Sir, Scott Taylor, Jason Watts, Tyson Lane, Brad Wira

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