Tasmania Devils coach Adrian Fletcher believes Brendon Bolton won't be lost to football after his axing from Carlton earlier this week.
But whether the George Town product's next stop is within the AFL system, or potentially as the coach of Tasmania's VFL side from 2021, only time will tell.
"Brendon Bolton is a fantastic guy and I feel disappointed for the guy what happened,'' Fletcher said on Tuesday when asked to reflect
"He has presented a (Tasmania Devils) jumper in the program, is passionate about the program and just has good character, and whatever happens down the road, who knows?
"He is a fellow Tasmanian and he has coached at the top level, so why wouldn't you (ask about the VFL side)?
"He has unbelievable energy and (showed) unbelievable character at the press conference after he heard the news, so why wouldn't you want him in an AFL club, and I'd be astounded if that didn't happen."
When questioned on whether he would throw his hat in the ring if, as expected, the state is granted a VFL license in 2021, Fletcher, who has been an AFL assistant coach, acknowledged he was a "professional coach" and that opportunity was in " two years time".
What was on his mind was the performance of his NAB League side, with the Devils coming off a 32-point win over the Western Victoria Rebels on Saturday.
The former Geelong, St Kilda, Brisbane and Fremantle player said the Devils, who have a 4-4 record and sit 10th on the ladder, were starting to feel like they "belong".
"We make sure it is our brand the way we play as we want to play an exciting brand with high pressure and we want to make sure we slingshot and get opportunities to kick goals when we can, but defend just as good the other way.
"That is an exciting brand for our players, as they get to show their wares on game day."
"There is an expectation now if you put on that guernsey, you are playing for the Tassie people and that's what we're trying to create."
Full Time— Tasmania Devils (@TasmaniaDevils_) June 1, 2019
The Devils remain undefeated in Victoria in 2019!
Davis (25), McGuiness (24), O’Neill (21) and Burrows-Cheng (20) the major ball getters.
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The Devils will play the 15th-placed Murray Bushrangers on Sunday at UTAS Stadium, which will be followed by the under 18 national championships match between the Allies and Victoria Country and the under 25 representative match between Tasmania Devils and Victoria Metro.
"We know we need to play four quarters to beat the Murray Bushrangers up there in Launceston and we believe our players have the fitness now and we are confident, and it all comes down to whether they can do it on the day,'' he said.
"I think it is a massive step forward for the state to have an opportunity for the under 25s to put on the guernsey, which might give them the opportunity to play at the highest level (and) all the recruiters are going to be there as the Allies are playing Vic Country."
Fletcher said the Devils were likely to lose three players to the Allies.
He also described the establishment of the state government's AFL project team as "exciting for Tassie footy and a massive step forward".