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Part of club has died with Archer retirement

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KANGAROOS coach Dean Laidley said it was like a part of the club had died but the man himself, while shedding a couple of tears afterwards, was thinking about his team in his final moments of AFL football.

Glenn Archer said he was contemplating the impact of his side’s 87-point preliminary final loss to Port Adelaide and didn’t get too caught up in the moment of his final few minutes on the field.

But Laidley, who played with the 311-game veteran before later coaching him, put into words how many Kangaroo fans were feeling when the pair fronted the media after Saturday night’s disappointing end to the club’s season.

“There’s not too many people who are irreplaceable and we’ve had some very, very good people since I’ve been certainly involved with the football club,” Laidley said.

“But, you know, probably a part of the North Melbourne Football Club died tonight.

“I looked at the clock and there was 1.20 to go and Glenn Archer, as always, attacked the footy and one of our young guys in probably his 12th or 13th game was just watching him doing it.

“And that was just a perfect example of Glenn and just the way he goes about it.”

Archer’s wife and children were right beside the Kangaroos’ bench in the final term to watch the legend play out his final minutes in the famous No.11 jumper.

So what was Arch thinking?

“You don’t want to lose any game like that … obviously the last game makes it a bit tougher,” he said.

“We’ve lost two finals now [this year] by big margins and hopefully we can, hopefully they, can learn from it.”

As the clock ticked down and the curtain on a magnificent career was also descending, Archer was doing what he always does – focusing on the footy.

“I was just disappointed with the loss,” he said when asked if he was thinking about his final minutes.

“I could see my kids and my wife’s face pop up on the screen every now and again and I just didn’t know what to think really.

“It was just disappointment more than anything.

“I’m sure I’ll look back on my career as a whole once I’m finished, but you know the time is now and, we could have got through to a Grand Final and all I was thinking about was disappointment, really.”

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