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Nick Bowen  March 5, 2013 7:45 PM

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North Melbourne president James Brayshaw

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The overwhelming majority of North Melbourne members and supporters couldn't be happier
THE NORTH Melbourne board continues to enjoy the support of the "overwhelming majority" of its members and supporters, chairman James Brayshaw says in response to recent criticism from former club power-brokers.

Former North Melbourne administrator and board member, Ron Joseph, told News Limited on Monday he was concerned North's board was not supporting a motion that would limit the number of 'home' games the Roos can play outside Victoria to four a year.

A supporter's group, We Are North Melbourne, has tabled the motion ahead of North's annual general meeting on March 19. If accepted, it would change North's constitution so the club would need the approval of 75 per cent of its members to play extra matches outside Victoria.

Former North president Bob Ansett threw his support behind the interstate 'home' game limit on Tuesday, but told News Limited he would prefer the motion be altered to require the approval of just 51 per cent of members.

However Brayshaw told Triple M radio on Tuesday afternoon these concerns were not shared by most North members.

"The overwhelming majority of North Melbourne members and supporters couldn't be happier," Brayshaw said.

"I think in a lot of ways … the club's been one of the great news stories of the off-season.

"Brad Scott just re-signed [as coach], the biggest names at the club [Jack] Ziebell, 'Wellsy' [Daniel Wells] have all re-signed, debt is down, [there is] record membership, revenue is up over 30 million, so we’re on the march and everyone in footy knows it."

Brayshaw said We Are North Melbourne's motion would be too restrictive for future North administrations.

"You've got to be able to run the business and you've got to be able to grow the business and you can't do that if you have things like this in your constitution stopping you when opportunities arise."

North is about to enter the second year of a three-year deal to play two games a season in Hobart.

Brayshaw told News Limited on Saturday North would consider increasing its commitment in Hobart to three games a year when its current contract expires, but gave a "cast-iron guarantee" the Roos would not relocate under his leadership.

Brayshaw was elected North chairman on the back of his successful campaign to reject a $100 million AFL offer for the club to relocate to the Gold Coast.

Prior to playing 'home' games on the Gold Coast in 2007-08, North did so in Sydney (1999-2002) and Canberra (1998-2006).

Nick Bowen covers North Melbourne news for AFL.com.au. Follow him on Twitter: @AFL_Nick