Caius Barrenger has informed Rokewood-Corindhap of his intentions to leave the club for a Central Highlands Football League rival, but will need to be given clearance from a contract if he is to line up in different colours during 2018.
Barrenger, one of the Grasshoppers’ most promising young talents, is seeking a move to Buninyong for next season.
Rokewood-Corindhap football manager Leigh Russell told The Courier his club was disappointed the Bombers would pursue a contracted player and that they had made no contact with the Grasshoppers about Barrenger.
Russell said the club’s committee would have no issues clearing Barrenger to play at a higher level – such as in the Ballarat league – but it had not yet made a decision on allowing him to join a CHFL rival.
“That’s the bit that’s challenging and adds another layer of complexity to this discussion,” Russell said.
Buninyong coach Jarrod Morgan said the Bombers only signed Barrenger after he told them he had been given an indication from the Grasshoppers that he could play elsewhere next season.
The versatile tall, a former Mt Clear junior and past CHFL senior interleague representative, returned from a knee reconstruction late last season to kick 20 goals from the last four games of the home and away campaign.
Barrenger’s father Wayne is a life member at Rokewood-Corindhap and former player with Buninyong.
The Grasshoppers will be coached by Damon Delaney in season 2018.