TASMANIAN umpire Nick Foot was yesterday upgraded to the AFL's field umpires list for this season.
AFL Tasmania state umpiring manager-coach Mike Brown yesterday said that Foot, who has umpired the last three State League grand finals, was deserving of the opportunity.
``Last year he was selected as an AFL supplementary rookie list umpire, which gave him an excellent insight into the AFL umpiring system,'' Brown said.
``Nick has earned this opportunity through consistent on-field performances over many years combined with his professional and dedicated approach.''
Meanwhile, AFL Tasmania State League general manager Shaun Young said that Foot's promotion showed the high standard of umpiring in the State League.