HAMPDEN league players hoping to test themselves in a higher tier will have to look for different options in 2018 following AFL Victoria’s decision to cull North Ballarat Roosters.
The Roosters’ licence will not be renewed for the 2018 season.
The termination came after 22 seasons in the competition and two years of governance problems, including instability at board level.
North Ballarat has also struggled on the field over the past two seasons.
The Roosters won one game and finished last this year and three wins for second-last on the ladder in 2016 - a stark contrast to the golden era of three consecutive premierships in 2008, ‘09 and ‘10.
AFL Victoria rejected a submission by the Roosters' board of management for an extension of its licence.
Marc Greig, who has coached for the past two seasons, was almost lost for words as the realisation that he would not be leading North Ballarat Roosters into battle in the VFL next year sank in on Thursday.
Greig said he was disappointed for the players.
He said they had committed themselves to the club and playing in the VFL, and now their football careers were up in the air.