OSBORNE has yielded to growing pressure about its Albury recruits playing in the AFL Riverina Championship starting next week.
In a bombshell announcement coach Joel Mackie won't be playing in the competition.
High-profile recruits Elliott Powell and Zach Bye will also be forced to miss.
In a farcical situation, Mackie will be allowed to take training during the week but won't be able to coach on match day.
Tigers president Jason Gooden said the club would adhere to the AFL Riverina's wish that no Albury-based players would take part in the competition.
"We're full steam ahead," Gooden told The Daily Advertiser.
"We consulted our playing group last night (Thursday). We lost our Albury blokes, but we pick up a few more.
"We'll undertake the AFL's strong recommendation. We can't get clarity which makes it difficult, but that's the times we're in.
"We're following the recommendation, and none of the Albury based players are playing."
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Gooden said Mackie will remain as coach despite not being able to call the shots on match day.
"We're working through the process now. He's still our coach, just someone will take it on on the day," he said.
"One of the objects of our club is to promote and advance the playing of Aussie Rules in the district, so that is what we're doing."
Osborne had 55 players at training on Thursday night.
The state government last week issued a directive advising against Albury residents travelling outside a 50km radius of the border.