AFL BARWON has missed its own self-imposed deadline to find a new regional general manager (RGM), but does not expect the delay to have any impact on the coming seasons of local football.
The search for a new RGM to replace the departing Will McGregor began in December, but in a statement last week, the governing body said acting RGM Georgia Hillman would continue in the position indefinitely, with the recruitment process “paused for the time being”.
The RGM recruitment process will be reviewed again once the 2021 season begins.
“While it was the AFL Barwon’s intention to have filled the vacancy by this time, a change in personal circumstances from a successful applicant led the Commission to reviewing all information and placing a pause on the process,” AFL Barwon stated.
“This is to ensure all efforts from AFL Barwon is put towards the 2021 ‘Play On’ season, and ensuring our clubs, members and volunteers are prepared and equipped for the season ahead within the current timeframes.
“In the interim, the Commission has full faith in its staff to ensure we all return to play in a safe manner.
“It is the Commission’s belief that the pause on the RGM recruitment process will have no negative bearing on the functionality of the 2021 season.”
AFL Barwon says in the meantime it will be assisting clubs in the pre-season to work through COVID-safe protocols and seeing its members at ‘The Game Plan’ education event.