The structure of AFL Victoria's governing administration body in the Wimmera appears set to change, after AFL Wimmera-Mallee's region manager Bruce Petering was made redundant late last week.
Mr Petering said his former role did not exist within the new AFL Victoria structure. AFL Victoria could not be reached for further details.
Mr Petering said he was hopeful the changes would ultimately be beneficial for football in the Wimmera.
"I think this is the first step in increasing the resources for our area, and certainly not decreasing them," he said.
"(AFL Victoria) have always said that they are going to put increased resources in regional areas. What that looks like, I'm not totally sure. But I think football will still be well looked after in the region."
Mr Petering, who also managed football in the Central Murray and Sunraysia regions under his former role, was hopeful each of the three regions would have their own manager after the restructure.
This is the first step in increasing the resources for our area, and certainly not decreasing them.Bruce Petering
Mr Petering said he was sometimes stretched thin in his ability to manage each region.
"The actual intricacies of how (a restructure) will work, I'm not privy to that," he said.
"But if they can fill the role with a full time person in each region, which they have done in Mildura, then that would certainly, you would think, have a beneficial effect on football in each region.
"To have someone spending more time on the ground in that local region."
Mr Petering had spent 12 years working within football administration in the region, firstly with the VCFL and then seven years with AFL Victoria.
"I suppose when you look at that, it's probably time to move on anyway," Mr Petering said.
"You get sick of the same voice after so long."
Mr Petering said he had "no pre-conceived ideas" about what was next.
He said he would likely become more involved in football at a club level, with his daughter playing netball, and sons Kade and Nick Petering both playing for Minyip-Murtoa in the Wimmera Football League next season.
"The two boys have been looking to play together for a number of years, so they're pretty excited, and the family is pretty excited," he said. "To get back to the clubland ... would be nice after such a long time."
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