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FORMER North Melbourne teammates Wayne Carey and Glenn Archer met up in Bali last week for their first “meaningful” catch up in years, according to ex-Roo David King.
The Kangaroos’ 1996 premiership-winning side is set to come together for a 20-year reunion this weekend after what King describes as years of “awkwardness” following Carey’s extramarital affair with Kelli Stevens – the then-wife of teammate Anthony Stevens.
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Stevens is set to be elevated to Legend status as the club’s mid-season ball on Friday night, which Carey cannot attend due to Channel 7 commitments, but King says all players and staff will be at another reunion event on Saturday.
The Herald Sun understands that a chance sighting of Carey led to Archer making contact, with the pair later meeting up, with their discussions said to be extremely positive.
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The tension between Carey and Archer has been well-documented, with the key defender previously describing their relationship as “still very awkward” and last year said the reunion would pose having “Wayne in one corner, Anthony in another corner and a lot of tension in the middle” after Stevens famously broke his silence over the affair in 2015.
But King has revealed that the Bali catch-up has helped to break some of the ice ahead of the weekend.
“We’ve probably had some awkwardness over the last few years with how it all finished up, but I think it’s in a really good space now,” King said on SEN.
“Anthony Stevens is working back at the club.
“Everyone’s coming – I saw Wayne on the weekend and he’s coming, which is terrific.
“He was in Bali. I think he caught up with Glenn Archer over there, actually – they may have had a couple of drinks to sort of discuss a few things and right a few wrongs.”
Stevens famously broke his silence over the affair in 2015, saying Carey has never apologised for the affair – which Carey has previously revealed was uncovered at Archer’s home – that rocked the football world.
King said he believes that is the first time that Carey and Archer have caught up “in any meaningful sense” and he is thrilled that “everyone’s coming” this weekend.
“That’s great – I love hearing that,” he said.
“I love hearing that we can move forward. I can’t wait.
“The players are really looking forward to it.”