One of the Farrer League's best players of recent years, Mitch Haddrill, has echoed thoughts of relief after this season was abandoned.
League president David Oehm said all clubs deciding to sit the year out was a good result and the Northern Jets' star midfielder agreed.
Haddrill, a two-time Gerald Clear Medallist, believes a year off is the best outcome amid the coronavirus pandemic, particularly in light of rising cases in NSW and Victoria's worrying second wave.
"I'm not too disappointed. I think it's late enough in the year to be starting footy and I'd rather it be canned now than in a month's time with cases starting to go up. I wouldn't be surprised if things go backwards in NSW so I think they made the right decision calling it when they did," Haddrill said.
Haddrill, who represented the Farrer League last year and coached the Jets, said the stop-start preparation wasn't ideal and starting a competition could cause headaches, and worse, for under-prepared players.
"I know myself, I'd only done one week's training leading up to it," he said.
"I'd gone along thinking it wasn't going to go ahead and then when it got real close there I thought I better go to training for a week.
"But I was very unfit and when people do that, that's when injuries happen.
"The last couple of times I haven't done a pre-season, I've done my knee or something like that, so I'm not too concerned it's not going ahead.
"I think we're better off accepting the fact we're not playing and look towards next year."
However, he says offering the AFL Riverina Championship is a good result, catering for the Riverina League clubs and Osborne who remain enthusiastic about a season.
"Obviously the teams that are still willing to play, they're keen to go so I think this is probably the best outcome. If people don't want to play, they don't have to and if they do, then they can," Haddrill said. "I'm sure some players who do want to play might be able to go and get a game somewhere."
After his 2017 Clear Medal win, Haddrill made it two in three seasons last year, edging out North Wagga's Cayden Winter.
2020 will be memorable for other reasons, with Haddrill and his wife welcoming daughter Evelyn nearly five months ago. And the promising autumn and start to winter has given him and other farming footballers and communities plenty to be positive about in an otherwise uncertain year.