Veteran rover Anthony Rock will attempt to continue his AFL career with
another club after North Melbourne yesterday bowed to his request to be
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
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
``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
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
Paul Brown, who retired to end his nine-year career with Geelong, has been
appointed the Cats' new welfare manager.
WHO YOUR CLUB LOST
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