THE call is out for retired footballers to pull the boots back on.
Hamilton footballer Tim Delaney is behind a bid to establish a Super Rules club in south-west Victoria.
The club would be part of a winter competition against bush rivals from across the state, at either over 35 or over 45 level.
Matches would be played every two, three or four weeks, depending on the age group.
The bid came about after Delaney represented Victoria at the AFL Masters championships in Darwin last week.
Victorian officials approached him as to whether a club in the Warrnambool region was viable, sparking his interest and prompting him to go public in search of retired footballers wanting to reignite their careers.
“I reckon around Warrnambool, Hamilton, Portland, places like that, there would be blokes who would still want a kick,” he said.
“It makes sense to put the feelers out and see who is interested.”
Delaney, a veteran defender, said the motto of Super Rules was “we’ve all got to work tomorrow”.
Modified rules include no sling tackles, knees in the ruck or knees in the back during marking contests.
Delaney also encouraged clubs to get behind the initiative, saying they could take on naming rights of the team.
“They’re going to reap the rewards of sales if they’ve got their canteen and bar open,” he said.
Delaney played the bulk of his career with Hamilton Imperials, in the Western Border league.
He also spent time at Coleraine, Glenthompson and Camperdown and plays Super Rules at the Moorabool Valley Crocs.
“It’s worthwhile considering playing because you get to meet different fellas,” he said.
For more information, contact Delaney on 0458 141 719.