Did Simpson medallist Shaun Mannagh could join the influx of Ovens and Murray Football League stars heading north.
Mannagh has lodged a clearance to join ACT powerhouse Ainslie, potentially joining a host of Lavington premiership team-mates.
"It will depend on what's happening with the VFL season as to whether Shaun plays here," Ainslie coach Chris Rourke said.
Mannagh spent last year on Richmond's VFL list, but played 16 games with the Panthers, finishing third in the Morris Medal and kicking five goals in the club's grand final upset of Wangaratta.
He joined Werribee this season, although the spike in COVID-19 cases in Melbourne over the past fortnight places enormous doubt on the competition.
Coronavirus derailed the O and M's hopes of a season last week, opening the way for players to travel into NSW and the ACT.
Ainslie recently signed five of Lavington's best players in former star Simon Curtis, along with midfielder Marty Brennan, ruckman Tim Hanna, defender Nick Meredith and key position forward Aidan Johnson.
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"We've got a great relationship with Lavington and have played them (in the pre-season) for the last 20 years and to have people like Simon Curtis will only be good, he trained with us last night (Tuesday) and was awesome," Rourke said.
Ainslie has 34 player points and with Mannagh playing VFL last year, he's expected to attract four, while the fact Hanna, Brennan, Meredith and Johnson will be three apiece means the club will have to rotate the players.