RENNIE coach Leigh Ramsdale is “100 per cent” certain Craig Ednie will play for Yarrawonga this season.
Ednie signed a clearance with the Hoppers before he left in February for an overseas holiday.
The Picola league outfit has until Thursday to lodge it.
According to VCFL rules, any clearance lodged after June 30 will be invalid and not considered.
Ramsdale, a former Pigeons teammate of the 2006 Morris medallist, said there would be no point lodging the paperwork.
“He let me know about a month ago and said he wanted to stay at Yarrawonga,” Ramsdale said yesterday.
“He’ll definitely play for Yarra, 100 per cent.
“We were probably in the race at some stage.
“He wants to try to win a flag.
“I respect that and wish him all the best.”
Former Richmond player Ednie stepped down as Pigeons coach after last year’s 10-point grand final loss to Albury, the second consecutive season the club had fallen to Paul Spargo’s powerful Tigers at the final hurdle.
While the Yarrawonga hierarchy yesterday remained none-the-wiser as to Ednie’s playing future, Ramsdale said the diminutive onballer would return in shape and be a big boost to the Pigeons’ premiership hopes.
“He’ll have a point to prove,” Ramsdale said.
“It will be like riding a bike for him. He’s a champion.
“I think he gets back in about two or three weeks.”
As for the clearance to Rennie that Ednie signed, Ramsdale said it was in a safe place.
“I’ll frame it and give it to him one day,” he joked.
“It was just for that 2 per cent chance he was going to come.”