Andrew Walker is still expected to feature for Echuca this year, despite signing with a suburban club in Melbourne.
Northern Football League side West Preston-Lakeside yesterday unveiled the homegrown Murray Bombers star as one of its boom recruits.
But Echuca president Brett Stevens said the Murray Bombers should still have Walker in their line-up for one to three Goulburn Valley Football League games.
‘‘The understanding with Andrew having signed with West Preston is they’ll release him to play some games for us,’’ Stevens said.
‘‘Ideally the games he’d play would be at home and before the end of June (when clearances close).
‘‘The dream would be to have him play round one on Easter Saturday.’’
West Preston has a bye during the Easter weekend, paving the way for Walker’s highly anticipated return to wearing Murray Bombers colours after a stellar AFL career.
Echuca will open its season at home against Euroa on April 15.
Walker brought an end to his time at the professional level last year after playing 202 games with Carlton.
Stevens said any appearance from Walker at Victoria Park would be a bonus for the club and the GVFL.
‘‘We’d love to have him playing all the time, but our understanding is that if we play finals, he won’t be available, so we have to model our side without him there,’’ Stevens said.
As well as signing with West Preston, Walker will still be involved at Carlton as a development coach.