Covering the Goulburn and Murray valleys

Wellman does a backflip

A month after resigning Keith Wellman has withdrawn his resignation and will continue as general manager of Goulburn Valley Football League.

MATTHEW GALEA May 14, 2014 3:05am

Keith Wellman

Goulburn Valley Football League general manager Keith Wellman has withdrawn his resignation from the league.

The 80-year-old’s shock reversal comes more than a month after he announced his decision to step down to league officials at a board meeting on Monday, April 7.

Wellman reversed his decision at Monday night’s board meeting, with the league in an important phase in regard to its future.

The board’s previous decision to rule out joining the AFL Goulburn Murray Regional Administration Centre was also rescinded at the meeting.

Club delegates expressed their displeasure at not being consulted in the decision making process at a special meeting on May 8.

As a result of that meeting, Wellman is involved with Tatura president Denis Flett and Shepparton Swans president Kevin Preece in engaging an independent consultant to develop an options paper which will explore the cost-benefits and services of joining the RAC against remaining autonomous.

The consultant will present its findings to the board and club delegates, who will decide on the league’s future.

Should the delegates opt to join the RAC, Wellman would like to have the opportunity to support the league in any transition.

‘‘It’s not necessarily that I don’t want the league to go there, but I want to be able to support the league if there is a transition period,’’ Wellman said.

‘‘I’ve got a lot of people in this place who have helped build the league over the last six years and I have a lot of feeling for those people.

‘‘I don’t want to see people like Noel Hussey, Melissa Wells, Michelle Adams thrown into the wilderness.’’

Wellman also said resigning and forcing the board into a process of appointing a new general manager would potentially be a waste of time.

‘‘We were going to advertise for the position from July 1 to August 1, but that was rescinded at the meeting because it’s a useless process now,’’ Wellman said.

‘‘They’d have to go through the process of advertising, then interview applicants and potentially appointing someone with no guarantee they would have the role should the league move.

‘‘It has been indicated to the GVFL the person they appoint might not be the person who has the job at the RAC.’’

Wellman said his decision would not stop the league from moving if clubs wanted to move.

‘‘I’m not doing this to stop the clubs from deciding to move there. I’ve got no control over that,’’ Wellman said.

‘‘The consultant we appoint will investigate all options and present those findings and a recommendation to the clubs and a decision will be made.’’

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