Murray Bushrangers will provide support for footballers in their program that currently play with Picola District Football Netball League clubs.
The TAC Cup club, as well as individual players Nick Irvine and under-16s player Fergus Pinnuck, have unintentionally been caught up in the storm surrounding the league’s decision to break away from AFL Victoria.
Irvine is a senior player at Tungamah in the south-east division, while Pinnuck takes the field for Strathmerton in the north-west competition.
The players will remain part of the program for the next two weeks while still amalgamated with the AFL Victoria.
But with the future beyond that unclear, former Bushrangers talent manager and current AFL Victoria Country talent pathways manager Lee Fraser is remaining in contact with the players.
‘‘We’ll provide support for the families and they’ll be embraced while they navigate through the next two weeks,’’ he said.
‘‘We just want to stress that all we’re basically doing (in this situation) is trying to support the families because the last thing we want is for them to hear things second hand.
‘‘What we’ve done on behalf of the talent pathways (program) is just give those families a call to let them know the situation and provide them with the support that we can.
‘‘The clubs will still be affiliated for a period of time so they can work out what they want to do.’’