NAB League matches between regional sides could be played into early October as organisers strive to give players more opportunities in front of AFL recruiters.
Greater Western Victoria Rebels talent manager Damian Ross said the ever-changing COVID-19 situation and subsequent lockdowns and easing of restrictions meant it had to be agile.
Ross said a plan to have matches finish on September 11-12 had been reworked following the latest community sport shutdown.
Premier Dan Andrews released regional Victoria from lockdown on September 9, however it is unknown if an easing will allow for community sport to resume in the near future.
Dan Andrews said he will announce a roadmap out of lockdown on Sunday September 19.
"We have until the weekend of October 9-10 to try and squeeze games of footy in and we'll try and do everything we can to initiate that," Ross told Australian Community Media.
"We'll use those windows to play games if we can.
"Best-case scenario is it could be four but it could be three, could be two, one or zero."
Ross said training, which is currently permitted in regional areas excluding Ballarat, would be on the Rebels' to-do list as it would allow the players "to showcase their best".
"If we were allowed to play next weekend, we have to make sure the boys are ready to go," he said.
"It would be a big ask not to play for four weeks and then throw them straight in.
"We have to be careful about that, whether we wait another week and get three or four solid training sessions in to prepare them.
"I think that is the path we'd go."
Ross said the chance for more games "gave hope" to players, especially for those wanting to impress before the AFL Draft.
The Rebels have nine players - including Horsham duo Ben Hobbs and Sam Breuer - invited to the AFL Combine, a physical and mental testing camp.
"They will still get their opportunity for that at some stage, whether it falls in the middle of October or a bit later that is to be determined," he said.
"The preference (for now) is to play games and give everyone an opportunity."
The Rebels have played 10 games for eight wins and two losses.
"In what's been a really challenging year and to get 10 games of NAB League footy is great," Ross said.
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