Talk inevitably begins about player movement from as early as the middle of the season.
Who is out of contract, who is looking like trade bait, who wants to go home are all thoroughly dissected by pundits in the newspaper and online.
Naturally, bigger changes come next month with draft week when the brightest and best talent across the country is recruited and the hope for the upcoming season is at its highest.
It might be a bit of a stretch but I see some huge similarities to the upcoming council elections.
There has been conjecture about who is running in all three council areas in the community for most of the year, with a lot of the conversation happening online.
The pros and cons of the current “players” have been weighed up and judged based on their performances, the nods they’ve given to projects or their work within the community.
Information is starting to surface about what the candidates will bring to the table, with the YP Country Times offering every nominee an opportunity to say their piece in 200 words.
This research process is the equivalent of a potential player speaking to the footy manager or recruitment officer — they’re researching to see if they are a right fit for the direction their organisation is heading and if they’re going to be the much-needed difference.
Once elected, everything is shiny and new and if your preferred candidates get in, everything looks rosy.
While opinions can differ on what our community needs, everyone agrees the role of council is to serve the people.
Voting packs will start going out in October and voting closes on November 9 so it’s imperative we all do our bit and ensure vote to get the best people for the job.