Former Picola District Football Netball League clubs Shepparton East, Tungamah, Katandra and Dookie United all chose to align with the AFL following the league's decision to severe ties with the game's governing bodies.
Desperately needing to find a way to take the field or court for this season, the four sides have been given lifelines by two of the region's other AFL affiliated leagues.
Tungamah, Shepparton East and Katandra have all been accommodated by the Murray Football League while Dookie United will spend the season in the Kyabram District Football Netball League.
After a host of discussions Eagles president Mark Frost is relieved his club's members know their fate.
"This debacle has had a large impact on not only the 17 clubs that were associated with the PDFNL but also the KDFNL and MFNL in the last week," he wrote in a letter to club members as well as all three leagues.
"It has had an impact on club committees, players, volunteers and members. We have seen players and members leave and divide with opinions differing within several clubs."
The MFL begins its season tomorrow (Good Friday) and a draw that reflects the now 15-team competition will be released in the coming days.
All clubs will commence their year on April 7.