Port Fairy policeman Mick Wolfe has put his hand up to take over as president of the Port Fairy Football Netball Club.
Wolfe, 52, said he was approached by outgoing president Mick Finnigan three weeks ago about whether he was interested in the position.
“I went to the committee meeting on Tuesday night and informed them that I was interested in taking over as president,” the sergeant said.
“But if the club had a better candidate, I would support them. I just wanted to go to the committee meeting to clear the air.
“I thought it was a good idea to go on Tuesday night just to see the format of the meeting and get a rough idea how the club is run off the field.
“If I get elected, I didn’t want to go into the role cold. The club is in a very strong financial position.”
Wolfe has been on the police force for more than 34 years and has lived in Port Fairy for the past eight years.
He started his football career playing in the Eastern Football League in Melbourne, before having stints with Montrose and Olinda.
He finished his career playing for Tooleybuc in the Central Murray league.
“Port Fairy has a nucleus, a great base. They have a very good committee in place,” he said.
“If I get the job as president, I will be there just to help steer the committee.
“Our performances on the footy field have been disappointing this season but we’ve blooded plenty of kids, which is great for the future of the club.
“(Senior coach) Bernie Harris and his assistants have done a great job in getting the younger players ready for the future.
“The coaches look after the matters on the field, whether that is footy or netball. It’s up to the committee to look after the off-field issues.”
Wolfe, who is in his fourth year as a Moyne Shire councillor, said it was important for the town to support its football and netball sides.
“Having football and netball sides in country towns are great assets for the local community,” he said.
“It’s a two-way street. The footy club can be good for the local community and the local community can be good for the club.
“We’ve all got to work together to make sure that the club is successful for the local community.”