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Former St Kilda player Leigh Fisher will don the whites and whistle to umpire in the VAFA as part of the AFL’s Player-to-Umpire pathway program.

Leigh will be the second former player to join the umpiring ranks as part of the program. Last year, former Carlton player Jordan Bannister umpired with the VAFA before progressing through to the VFL competition.

“After spending a number of years in the AFL and following a disappointing 2010 season, I knew that the time was right to find a new challenge. Umpiring provided a realistic option to meet that challenge and I therefore decided to get involved in the program,” Leigh said.
“I see umpiring as a great role that enables me to stay fit and to remain involved in the game, possibly at the highest level. I look forward to umpiring in the VAFA this year and hopefully it will also encourage other current players to consider umpiring once their career finishes.”
The VAFA is looking for recruits, male and females to officiate as field, boundary or goal umpires for season 2011 and beyond.
For further information, please contact Brian Goodman, GM Umpire Operations at [email protected] or  0408 338 098.