LW: Another week and more departures of key players from the Bendigo Football League, with the latest being Darcy Richards, Tim Hill and Tyrone Downie.
Has the BFL ever seen such an exodus of talent in one hit considering we're only a little over a month on from the grand final?
I had a look back at our Addy Team of the Year during the week and almost a third of it already will be playing in different leagues in 2014.
Already from that team, Tim Hill (Mount Pleasant), Mark Lloyd (Wedderburn), Tyrone Downie (Bendigo Gold), Kain Robins (Mount Pleasant), Matt Gretgrix (Mount Pleasant), Justin Maddern (Shepparton Swans) and Brady Childs (Shepparton Swans) have left the league.
And it seems that's only the tip of the iceberg as the recruiting wars heat up.
I heard an analogy during the week that recruiting players out of the BFL at the moment is like shooting fish in a barrel and that's certainly proving to be the case.
What's happening at the moment with the ridiculously high number of top-line players walking out of the league is clearly an issue that needs to be addressed by the BFL board and its clubs.
Is it just money, or is there more to it than that?
AB: In some cases the money is just too good to refuse.
From all reports one of those seven players you've mentioned will earn just over $30,000 for the season next year.
Pretty hard to say no to that coin.
I don't blame Lloyd, Gretgrix, Hill and Childs for looking for a change.
They gave their BFL clubs great service for a decade or so and would have fielded lucrative offers from rival clubs every year.
Downie isn't departing for money - he wants to try his luck at a higher level. No-one can argue with that.
What I worry about is the clubs that are spending all this money.
Where are they going to be in five years time?
LW: You'd hope that's not in the same category as Northern United - a club that enjoyed tremendous success during the 80s in the BFL, but ultimately it came at a heavy cost come the mid-90s when the Swallows were out of business.
The likes of Mount Pleasant, White Hills and North Bendigo have certainly raised the bar in the HDFL recruiting stakes to what you'd say is an almost unprecedented level.
In years gone by you'd see the district league clubs mainly tapping into either the lower-tier BFL players, or the more higher-profile players coming to the end of their careers.
But what we're seeing now is that these clubs are targeting the cream of the crop and being successful in attracting the likes of a Robins, Gretgrix, Hill, Richards, Ricky Symes and Jake Ward and whoever else is still to come.
And you can extend that out to the Loddon Valley league where Andrew Collins - straight off Carlton's list - chose to coach Bridgewater rather than play at Sandhurst or the Bendigo Gold.
The BFL has long been put up on a pedestal in central Victoria, but the appeal of district football seems to be growing stronger year after year.
Hence, it's no surprise that for the first time that I can recall, the BFL through boss Justin Abrams came out last weekend highlighting its points of difference to the district leagues.
AB: There's no need for panic here. BFL clubs will bring in some quality players as well.
Kyneton has already attracted a few, I know Golden Square is hard on the recruiting trail and Strathfieldsaye coach Darryl Wilson won't be sitting on his hands doing nothing.
Eaglehawk and South Bendigo now have money to spend after the departure of their highest-paid players.
Around 2001-2002, I remember a lot of people bemoaning the fact that Bendigo footy had dropped away.
A decade on, we've been treated by some great footy in recent years.
Senior footy will still be strong. For mine, the 15 to 18-year-old age group is a bigger worry.