A NEW season is many months away, but the Bendigo Bank Pioneers Football Club is already casting the net for new recruits.
It's not just new faces on-field, but off-field that the club is looking to entice for the AFL Victoria TAC Cup under-18 competition.
Pioneers regional manager Ray Byrne said it was pivotal that the club plan for next year and beyond, and that includes sourcing more staff with experience that will benefit the program.
"The staff we have are extremely committed and do a fantastic job, not just on game-day, but throughout pre-season and training nights," Byrne said.
The goal is for a smooth transition from season to seasonRay Byrne
"Some of our staff have been with us for many seasons, so it's more about a mentoring role for new people at our club."
Byrne said a lot of work was done behind-the-scenes.
"The number of TAC Cup staff entering the AFL ranks is increasing each year.
"We have enabled some of our medical and strength conditioning staff a chance to work with an AFL club which is fantastic and shows there is an exciting pathway for our staff.
“The huge cost of operating the Bendigo Pioneers is off set by terrific sponsors such as Bendigo Bank, Stramit, Top End Training, J.L. King, Subway, LaTrobe Uni, Bendigo Senior Secondary College, City of Greater Bendigo and more."
The Pioneers play NSW-ACT at Mildura's Sara Oval from 10.30am on Saturday.