AEver-reliable Sam Gibson has been shown the door by North Melbourne
AEver-reliable Sam Gibson has been shown the door by North Melbourne TRACEY NEARMY

130 games in a row for Gibson - then shown door

DELISTED Kangaroo Sam Gibson has launched a scathing attack on the club.

The veteran midfielder hadn't missed a game since his debut - playing 130 consecutive matches - but was axed as North Melbourne continues its rebuild.

"I guess in one way you have to admire the club's conviction in making those decisions, but it's not really a decision that I particularly agreed with," he told AFL Trade Radio.

"The longer it dragged out the more you probably see the writing on the wall, so when I had that conversation with Brad (Scott) a couple of days ago it wasn't a complete shock.

"But that being said I think I'm a pretty rational person and it can be pretty hard to fathom that you can be in the best 22 for 130 weeks and finish sixth in the best-and-fairest and not have a contract for next year.

"That's been tough but that's just the nature of our industry, I guess."

Gibson, who was overseas, said he had not had in-depth discussions about the reasons for the Kangaroos' decisions but assumed it was because they were planning on giving younger players more game time.

"What I take out, given that we missed out on a few of those stars through free agency and trade period, is that we have to take a longer-term approach, so I guess they're looking at playing younger guys and maybe they saw me as taking one of those younger guys' spots," he said.

Gibson said his manager was speaking to other clubs and he would make a pitch himself when he returned to the country next week.