BOOMER READY TO JOIN IRON­MEN 400 CLUB

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - WAR­WICK GREEN

NO news is good news for Gee­long, as Pa­trick Danger­field’s D- Day passed with­out an an­nounce­ment on his fu­ture.

Danger­field met with man­ager Paul Con­nors yesterday for the first time in six weeks, spark­ing ex­pec­ta­tions of an an­nounce­ment about the su­per­star free agent.

But si­lence could bode well for Gee­long as, un­der AFL rules, Ade­laide is the only club Danger­field can com­mit to – pub­licly at least – un­til the trans­fer win­dow opens at the end of the sea­son.

Sources at Gee­long last night re­mained hope­ful of lur­ing Danger­field, although pri­vately con­cede the land­scape has changed in the wake of the shock­ing death of Crows coach Phil Walsh.

The Cats are will­ing to be pa­tient and re­spect Danger­field’s space, given the un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances, and do not ex­pect a de­ci­sion to be made ei­ther way any time soon.

Danger­field’s team­mates be­lieve he is only a 50- 50 chance of stay­ing at the Crows.

And they un­der­stand Danger­field’s fi­nal de­ci­sion will be heav­ily in­flu­enced by his ties to fam­ily at Moggs Creek – a case no Ade­laide player is pre­pared to ar­gue against.

The Crows have placed no dead­line. Danger­field will break his si­lence to­day in a weekly ra­dio in­ter­view.

THE traf­fic was kind to Michael Tuck as he drove in for Brent Har­vey’s 400th game media con­fer­ence.

The for­mer Hawthorn cham­pion, who holds the AFL games record with 426, was in the car for only 45 min­utes as he made his way to Ar­den St from Ber­wick.

Now 62, Tuck still runs a plumb­ing busi­ness and had spent the morn­ing help­ing lay a few drainage pipes.

“I was work­ing this morn­ing, not be­cause I want to work but be­cause I’ve got no money,’’ Tuck joked. “These blokes are mak­ing it all. We got peanuts in our day.’’

“These blokes’’ were the other mem­bers of the AFL’s 400 club. On Satur­day “Boomer’’ Har­vey will be­come the fourth 400- gamer be­hind Tuck, Rich­mond’s Kevin Bartlett ( 402) and Essendon’s Dustin Fletcher ( 400).

Har­vey is ex­cited about join­ing the ex­clu­sive club against the Lions, but “at the end of the day I want to put my arms around my team­mates and sing the song’’.

“KB ac­tu­ally said to me the other week that him and Tucky nor­mally catch up in a phone booth, but that the four of us now will have to catch up at the post of­fice,’’ Har­vey said.

Pic­ture: DAVID CAIRD

400 CLUB: Brent Har­vey with Dustin Fletcher, Michael Tuck and Kevin Bartlett.

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