North Melbourne’s Jamie Macmillan says recent criticism aimed at his club is “disrespectful” and has left Kangaroos players “pissed off”.
Commentary around North Melbourne’s moves in trade period – or lack off them – has been less than complimentary.
But Macmillan, who announced a contract extension with the Roos on Wednesday morning, said he and his teammates would use the negative comments as motivation.
“I took it pretty personally and you’ve got to take that personally as a player, and I got no doubt other guys read it as well,” he told SEN radio.
“I found it disrespectful. I actually took it really personally. I have no doubt there are a couple guys feeling pissed off about it.
“There isn’t a whole lot we can do about it right now. I think it is good to see other people speaking about it in our four walls to see it hit them as well.
“I saw one article refer to Ben Cunnington and Robbie Tarrant as nothing more than B-grade players,” Macmillan added.
“If I were one of them, I would take that personally. Ben Cunnington is one of, if not the, best inside clearance player in the competition. Robbie Tarrant, if it wasn’t for Alex Rance, who is probably one of the best full-backs the game has ever seen, would be in the All-n team.
“It’s only November and there isn’t a whole lot we can do about it now unfortunately. Hopefully, as you saw last year when we were able to put in some pretty competitive performances, we can raise a few eyebrows. Next year we will be looking to do that again, it’s the only way you can respond.”
Macmillan said in a statement released by North Melbourne that he would not have signed a contract extension if he didn’t think the club was going anywhere.
The 26-year-old defender will now stay with the club until at least the end of 2020.
“I still had another two years to go, but I think given the list turnover this year, everyone recognises that there are some exciting times ahead,” he said.
“We’ve seen some of the older guys go, what we’ve lost with them we’ll miss for sure, but I think the younger guys coming through have got enough in them to replace it.
“I am really confident where we are going and it might take some time to build some rapport and get some games into these young players, but I think we’ll surprise a few.”