North Melbourne has lost three of its key recruiters, who are reportedly “Upset at the club because of his leadership”.
On Tuesday, the club confirmed that list manager Glenn Loff and national recruitment manager Mark Finigan had resigned, while national staffing officer Ben Birtisel had also resigned.
Foxfooty.com.au understands that the resignations came last week and that Finigan will join Hawthorn.
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North Melbourne football talent master Brady Rawlings said of the sudden exits.
“I don’t think there’s ever a perfect time when you lose staff. It’s always a challenge, ”he told Sportsday 3AW.
“We had two employees who were approached, one through another AFL club (Finnigan) and one through a completely different field in which he studied (Birthisel).
“Ben is 100% gone with my blessing, I worked with him on this and he’s 30 years old, he hasn’t had a weekend during the football season in 12 years, so I fully understand that he’d like to look at another opportunity ».
Asked about the timing, just a week after the mid-season draft, he said: “We are really well prepared for this.
“Nothing that won’t change from now until next Wednesday will affect what we do in the middle of the season.”
Finigan joined North Melbourne in 2006 as a part-time employee, and in 2011 became a full-time employee.
Luff joined the club as head of game analysis in 2018 and became top of the list shortly before the 2019 draft.
Birtisel has worked at the club in a variety of roles over the past decade before becoming a national recruitment officer in 2019.
The shock came after AFL journalist Caroline Wilson said this week that the leaks from North Melbourne were “alarming” and signaled a bad relationship between coach David Noble and some players.
“The stories coming from the club about the relationship between the coach and the players are disturbing. Last week, it was alarming when the Herald Sun leaked news of a spray after the Brisbane loss that David Noble gave to his players, so bad that he apologized, ”she told Footy Classified.
“I think it’s a problem when players talk about it, and I hear more and more about players who are sometimes a little disappointed with his character.
“Coaches are‘ we ’, players are‘ they ’, some of the languages you hear about.
“These are stories I started hearing in late 2020 with David Teague, for me it’s just a concern. I’m not saying David Noble is gone; he only has a season and a half, but I think he still has a lot of work to do to get some players back. ”
– with Max Lotan