Brent Harvey
Brent Harvey

North Melbourne veteran Brent Harvey has signed a one-year contract extension at the club.

The 34-year-old will play for a staggering 18th season at the Kangaroos, with the 344-gamer delighted to have inked a new deal at Arden Street.

"I'm very happy," Harvey told North Melbourne's official website.

"Being a one-club player is one of my goals I set out to achieve and let's face it, I wasn't going to go anywhere else.

"Something I hold pretty close to me, one of the best individual awards I've won is life membership at the North Melbourne footy club. I couldn't see myself in any other football club jumper.

"Just to walk into the coaches' office and find out if he (senior coach Brad Scott) still needs me and wants me to play was probably the nod I needed and as soon as that happened I was very, very keen to go again."

North Melbourne, who have not played finals since 2007, have enjoyed a successful season in 2012, winning 13 of their 21 matches.

That means that heading into Saturday's last match of the regular season against Greater Western Sydney, the Kangaroos have the luxury of knowing they will play in the finals.

And after an impressive year, Harvey is excited about the future and the potential of the club.

"It's been a while since we've played finals," he said.

"The playing group are great and we're improving under a bunch of great coaches. It's a bright future.

"You want to be playing football in September, that's what we all play for to win a grand final and you can't win the GF (grand final) if you're not playing finals."

Harvey, who made his debut against Richmond in Round 22 1996, has played a minimum of 15 matches per season in his last 16 years at the club.

In a stellar career, the five-time best-and-fairest winner at North has averaged 21 disposals a match and has booted 405 goals.

Harvey is 13th on the list of most career matches and could move up to sixth if he plays a full season next year.

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