High profile forward Ben Speight has left Bacchus Marsh in the Ballarat Football League after just one season.
Cobras president Adam Sutherland said Speight was heading back to Ovens and Murray league force Wangaratta, where he played in a premiership in 2017.
Sutherland said Speight worked in the aviation industry at Seymour and playing up north again was a better fit for him.
“There’s no drama. We him well.”
Speight was a bonus pick-up for the Cobras in March this year, with that move linked with his endeavours to pursue a career as a pilot.
The former North Melbourne player described last year’s shift from the Magpies as “gut wrenching”, but necessary in keeping with his long-term ambitions.
Speight was first associated with Bacchus Marsh in 2016, when he had it as his home club while playing with Werribee in the VFL.
He largely played up forward with the Cobras this year, kicking 39 majors to finish third in the club’s goalkicking.
His stand-out performance of the season though was his eight goals for the BFL against Goulburn Valley in the AFL Victoria Community Championship.
Sutherland said the Cobras were in negotiations with prospective recruits, but was yet to confirm any new faces.
Key position player Jake Owen has been leading special training sessions as the club prepares for pre-season, which new non-playing coach Peter Davey will launch early next month.