The coach of the Great Northern Football League has called on recently retired players to take up umpiring. Karl Pirrottina, also the off-field leader at Railways, and retired Blues ruckman Shaun Tunbridge recently officiated in the reserves match between Towns and Chapman Valley. There is an urgent need for more umpires in the GNFL. “There’s no game without them ... we need umpires to play footy,” Pirrottina said. “Blokes who are getting a bit old to play could still get their kicks by running around blowing the whistle. “Sure, there is some abuse, good days and bad days, but that’s like anything. “The key is to build good relationships with the players, talk to them,” Pirrottina said. Pirrottina, who has also been a basketball referee, umpired more often before coaching at league level.