After more than a month of speculation and controversy, Yarrawonga has finally found a loophole that will allow its prized recruit to play in its first round blockbuster against Lavington on Easter Sunday.
The Border Mail was told Brendan Fevola, who must first serve a one-week ban before he can play for the Pigeons, will be cleared to another club — believed to be Glenrowan in the Ovens and King league — to serve his suspension before being issued with a day permit to play with Yarrawonga on April 8.
While he would only deal in hypotheticals, VCFL operations manager Brett Connell said yesterday there was no rule preventing a deal of that nature from happening.
“There’s nothing in writing to stop it from happening should the three clubs involved all agree to it,” Connell said.
Brendan Fevola pictured at Lake Mulwala earlier this year.
In a complicated process, the former AFL superstar would first be cleared from present club Narre Warren to the Ovens and King league, where he would serve his one-week suspension for striking.
The O?and?K season starts on Saturday.
After serving that ban, Fevola would then be issued with a one-game permit to play with the Pigeons the following Sunday.
The two-time Coleman medallist would be forced to remain a registered player with Glenrowan for at least 28 days under VCFL rules, meaning he could not play for Yarrawonga without a day permit.
However, it was discovered Fevola could be released on a day permit up to eight times if required.
The Pigeons recently played Wangaratta in a practice match at Glenrowan.
Fevola again sent social media sites into a frenzy when he announced on Twitter yesterday that he was a certain starter in the Mulwala blockbuster.
“Playing Easter now whoooo round one bring it on can’t wait Pigeons 2012,” Fevola tweeted.
Yarrawonga officials would not comment on the matter yesterday, however, an announcement is expected to be made by the end of today.
The move comes less than a week after Yarrawonga switched two Sunday games — against Corowa-Rutherglen and Albury — to Saturdays to accommodate Fevola’s commitments on Dancing With The Stars.
Yarrawonga recently failed in a bid to have the draw changed so that Fevola could play in the lucrative clash with the Panthers, with the Ovens and Murray backflipping on a decision to switch the Pigeons’ round-17 game against Wangaratta to this Saturday following a tirade of backlash from other clubs.