A pandemic is not the time to discuss club relocation: North Melbourne


“Our club has been in the news lately, and while the reason was completely out of our control and unfortunate in the current climate, it’s been truly pleasing to see the overwhelming response from our members and supporters, and even those not associated directly with the club, who have come out to support us,” the statement read.

“We can always count on members to stand up for the club in times of need and I hope you also know we are always there for you too.

“We want to thank each and every one of you out there flying the flag and letting your voice be heard whether it be through social media or other means.

“Regardless of who is saying what and why, we must realise we are all in a fight for survival right now, and the league itself is facing an unprecedented challenge to come out of the shutdown with enough strength and wherewithal to continue on.”

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“While we’re extremely confident we will all withstand the damage being inflicted upon us by COVID-19, now is not the time to be talking about mergers, relocations and vulnerable clubs – we are all at risk and must come together to fight for the existence of our game as we once knew it.”

Buckley and Amarfio noted that North’s financial situation had improved markedly over the previous decade.

“For more than a decade, we have run a lean, efficient and productive club. Thanks to our loyal members and partners, we have been able to reduce our once crippling debt of around $9 million down to just $650k. If it wasn’t for this recent event, we had planned to be debt free by the end of this financial year,” they said.

“We have been around for more than 150 years and we will be around for another 150 years and more. Our club was built on resilience and an insatiable desire to succeed. Adversity has never stopped us before and it won’t stop us now – it will only make us stronger.

“Whether it be world conflicts, great depressions, financial crises, or attempted mergers and relocations, we have survived all that has been thrown at us and we will prosper once again.”



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