Albury has spoken to disgruntled recruit Shaun Driscoll about his plans to join Lavington.
Driscoll is a four-pointer with the Tigers, but hasn't been able to break into the top three contender's outfit.
A clearance was lodged to join the Panthers on Thursday night.
"We're talking to Shaun at the moment, we're just trying to work through a few things to get an outcome," Albury co-coach Luke Daly said.
Lavington was under the impression the Wagga Tigers' premiership player would come across as a four-pointer because he hadn't played a senior game in the O and M, but he would actually be a five-pointer.
Albury used its maximum 38 points in last week's win over Wangaratta Rovers, while Lavington used only 31 against Yarrawonga.
While no club ever likes a clearance issue at any time, but particularly after the start of the season, it has managed to steal the limelight from the return of former coach and current Corowa-Rutherglen mentor Peter German to the Albury Sportsground on Saturday.
That will delight both the Tigers and German, although he did show his sense of humour at the season launch when quizzed on the new job and quipped he hoped he lasted longer than the four games with Albury in 2019.
German fell out with some players, but Daly says that's ancient history.
"From our point of view, it's round two and it doesn't matter who we play, we'll prepare the same," he suggested.
Daly over took over the co-coaching role with club stalwart Tom McGrath after German's departure.
McGrath then elected to step down when the club landed a recruiting coup in former AFL player Anthony Miles.
German's return might not register with the Tigers, but Daly was certainly impressed by the club's 19-point win over Wodonga on Easter Saturday.
"They played a more attacking game, they took the game on, they've picked up some very handy players in their ruckmen (former VFL representative Tom Goodwin) and the midfield brigade," Daly offered.
"They certainly move the ball well and play a more attacking style."
While both parties aren't buying into any grudge match, there's no doubt German would take enormous joy in an upset victory.
Roos' veteran Kade Kuschert returns for the first time this season, while Matt Klemke will make his debut after spending time in Sydney last year.
Jordan Lavis was injured against Wodonga, while the impressive Joe Hansen, who was one of their best last week, is unavailable.
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