HUGH Worrall has received the endorsement of the Hampden Football Netball League (HFNL) board to replace Bob Guiney as president.
Worrall, a former Cobden and Fitzroy footballer who won three Maskell Medals in the 1970s, has been a part of the HFNL executive for the past four years.
Guiney announced last month he would step down after four years as president. He will remain on the board as the immediate past president.
He yesterday said the executive would support Worrall to take over the job.
“It’s been something that has been planned for the last couple of months as a succession plan,” he said.
“Obviously with Hugh having four years on the board as junior vice-president, he’s got a pretty good grasp of everything.
“When I took over from Alan Rourke I’d been heir apparent for a year. It seems to be a similar sort of process.”
The HFNL will have its annual meeting in late November. It will advertise for executive members in the coming weeks.
There will be at least three positions vacant, with Guiney, vice-president Peter Manoel and Mitchell Rowe stepping down.
Worrall, a central umpire for the HFNL reserves grand final last month, said he was “very keen to have a go” at the HFNL presidency.
“I’ve been on the executive now for four years. I’ve gradually got more and more involved in the running of the league,” he said.
“I’ve had the interleague portfolio and the umpires portfolio and I’ve really enjoyed them.
“I feel, watching the way the league runs, I can do the job.
“Bobby will be a hard act to follow, but if I’m elected president he will remain on the executive for 12 months and be a guiding hand.”
Worrall said he foresaw few changes to the operation of the HFNL.
He highlighted reinforcing the junior ranks and maintaining sponsorship dollars as key challenges for the league.
Ensuring the continued strength of newcomers Hamilton Kangaroos and Portland was another task for the new board.
“We’ve got a forum on Monday night where a few things will come up,” Worrall said.
“But junior football and retention of players is always a subject that’s very important in the league.
“That’s one of the issues that I’d like to see addressed.”