HUME league clubs have come out in support of the competition's decision to scrap this year's premiership.
Although the league's board has come under fire from Osborne and Lockhart for acting "prematurely", several clubs are pleased a firm decision has been made amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
Clubs voted 9-3 last week against playing into October which effectively dashed any hope of an 11-round home and away series.
"I think it's taken the pressure off the club, its volunteers and players," Jindera president Simon Cossor said.
"Our players didn't know what was happening.
"Guys can now book in work and work weekends while one of our players can book in for an operation.
"We have a lot of volunteers over 60 in our canteen and, as a club, we don't think it's right asking them to work either with the associated health risks."
Hume league clubs are scheduled to speak with NSW-AFL officials later this week to discuss the 2020 landscape.
A north-south conference competition remains a possibly later in the season while most clubs are determined to see junior football played in some capacity.
Henty president Nathan Scholz believes the risks outweigh the gains.
"I'm comfortable with the decision," Scholz said.
"We don't want to put our older generation at risk.
"We still aren't aware what NSW Health and the government will put in place in the next couple of months anyway.
"Players need time to train so they don't get injured and we were running out of time."
Osborne, Culcairn and Lockhart voted to play into October although the Lions have since acknowledged there were more hurdles to jump the longer the season went.
Hume league president Brendan I'Anson said the decision to abandon the premiership season was made after speaking to club presidents but admitted further consultation could have been made before last week's announcement.
"We didn't make the decision lightly," I'Anson said.
"We will get going in some capacity as soon as we can get 300 people to games."
The biggest fear among Hume league clubs is the door could now be open for neighbouring competitions to poach players if their season is able to get underway.
Cossor and Scholz said there was a particularly strong push within the league to play junior football when government restrictions eased.
CDHBU president Chris Scott said Power were against extending the season into October mainly because of the strain on volunteers.
"We start harvesting around that time," Scott said.
Cossor said Jindera had spoken about putting an eight to 10 week program into place later in the season.
"It will include mixed netball, junior in-house games, we might play a practice match against Howlong or someone, have a family day, a golf day and just try to get a carnival atmosphere going at Jindera to get everyone back together," Cossor said.
Meanwhile, AFL Riverina chairman Michael Irons has ruled out following in the footsteps of the Hume league and making an early decision on the 2020 premiership season.
"It's too early to make that decision," Irons said.