Mansfield Football Club remains hopeful it will secure the services of Corowa-Rutherglen ace James Lawton.
The Eagles continue to be in the midst of a lengthy battle with the Roos, as Lawton is keen to move to the Goulburn Valley League after finding work in the high country.
But his clearance requests have been denied by the Ovens and Murray side in which he placed third in their best-and-fairest award.
Lawton’s teammate Brent Rose is also looking to make the move with him to Mansfield and Eagles coach Cameron Hotton is hopeful the pair will be at his disposal this year.
‘‘He’s (Lawton) living in Mansfield and working at (Mt) Bulla, hoping to make Mansfield his home but they’re (Corowa-Rutherglen) not willing to part ways with him but we hope he can eventually become an Eagle,’’ Hotton said.
‘‘He’s a carpenter by trade and couldn’t get work over there and wants to do something that he enjoys and what he’s qualified for, work and family are his priorities.’’
The Roos are also vehemently opposed to releasing Rose, who is in a similar position to Lawton.
‘‘They’re good mates (Lawton and Rose) and he wasn’t keen to stay at Corowa and is working up at Bulla as well, but Corowa is reluctant to clear both of those, so if we can work both of those onto our playing list for the season (it’ll be a big boost),’’ Hotton said.
As two of Corowa-Rutherglen’s strongest players, the Roos do not want to lose any on-field prowess, given the side’s on-field woes.
But Rose and Lawton would be an ideal fit at Mansfield Recreation Reserve, to fill the gaps left by the departures of Adam Boshevski, Earl Ree-Goodings and Nick Gray for this year’s season.