CHILTERN is refusing to let former coach Brian Durbidge join North Albury.
The former Goulburn Valley league medallist is locked in a clearance battle with his former club and has had his first attempt to join the Hoppers denied.
Durbidge walked out on the Swans in December after stating that work and personal reasons had made it impossible for him to stay at the helm.
He is still under contract at the Tallangatta league club.
Swans president Ben Nixon remained relatively tight-lipped yesterday but said the club was in the process of dealing with the issue.
“He’s under contract,” Nixon said.
Durbidge, who has been training with the Jason Akermanis-led Hoppers all summer, said it was time for both parties to move on from his departure.
“Whatever happens, happens,” Durbidge said.
“If I have to sit out, I’ll sit out.
“The two clubs will sort it out.
“Chiltern’s been really good to me but I think it’s time for both to move on.”
Durbidge said he was still set on moving to Queensland and said he was unsure whether he’d play one game or 10 for the Hoppers.
“I’m still waiting on a job there,” he said.
“I might play one or two games and then go or I might play six — I really don’t know.”