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“It felt like a loss in your family": Cunnington opens up on Scott exit


North Melbourne leader Ben Cunnington has opened up about the difficult nature of the last day, learning coach Brad Scott would be departing the club.

The Roos got the job done against the Bulldogs, finishing with a flurry of goals to win by 25 points.

Cunnington admitted emotions were high and that he was stunned to find out about Scott leaving the club.

“It was a bit different, today, obviously I don’t live in the social media world so it was a bit of a shock when I rocked up today, but to the boys’ credit, the professionalism and the character, I know indigenous round was important today, but this one was for Scotty,” Cunnington told Fox Footy post-match.

“He’s given us 10 years of his service and he’s backed us the whole time so this one was definitely for him.

“It was different, I was numb, it was a blur, I don’t know what was going on, the emotions were pretty high, but all I know is the boys stuck together and got the job done with a bit of character.

“It felt like a loss in your family, for me personally, he’s backed me right from the start, early on he kept showing belief in me to be able to be who I am today, so for me it was personal and I wish I could have him for my whole career, but that’s life and we move on.”

The Roos face Richmond next Friday night and will likely be helmed by assistant coach Rhyce Shaw.

Scott will hold a press conference tomorrow at midday to officially announce his departure.

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