Melton South’s Anthony Hibbert has given up his bid to join Ballarat Football League arch-rival Melton this year and will sit out the rest of the season.
Hibbert lodged a third clearance application – the first since late November - last Tuesday.
Melton South again denied the bid on Sunday.
Melton football manager Brad Jamison said Hibbert and the Bloods had come to the decision not to pursue a clearance any further before the end of the year, when he would be out of contract.
Melton South has stood firm in its view that being under contract Hibbert is a required player.
Jamison said as well as risking a substantial sum of money going to appeal, there were no guarantees even if he was cleared that Hibbert would get through the balance of season on the back of a shoulder injury.
He said Melton was well aware of AFL Victoria’s stance in being true to formal contracts.
Jamison said Hibbert had decided to make one last try for a transfer now that he was over his shoulder trouble.
He said had Hibbert been cleared he wouldhave tested the shoulder in the reserves and there was no guarantee it would have stood up.
Jamison said having the rest of the year off to get the shoulder completely right might not be such a big thing.
He said it was still a disappointing outcome though.
Although Hibbert is not playing members of his family, including his parents, have also shifted their allegience from Melton South where his father was a past football manager.