ALL ABOARD: Northern United players celebrate a try during the NRRRL season.
ALL ABOARD: Northern United players celebrate a try during the NRRRL season. Marc Stapelberg

Dirawongs overcome finanical problems ahead of NRRRL season

FINANCIAL issues which threatened to dissolve Northern United look set to be sorted ahead of the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League season.

The club met with the NRRRL management committee at the Lismore Workers Club on Tuesday night to discus where they are at heading into 2016.

"Northern have had some financial problems but they are heading in the right direction at the moment," NRRRL president Brian Rix said.

"They have a budget set and will definitely be part of the competition next season.

"All clubs struggle financially at some point but you just have to persevere and get through it.

"We know what's going on at the club and they've been transparent with the information we've received.

"We definitely want two teams in Lismore and we'll help out as much as we can."

United are believed to already have 25 players on the books for next season.

There will be no Under-18s with second-rower Djaan Jarrett taking over as first grade coach.

The Dirawongs have been part of the competition since 2009 and have been coached by Chris Binge and more recently Ash Moran.

Meanwhile, the NRRRL will continue to grow with South Tweed given the green light to enter the fold next season.

However, the draw has not been set with the Tweed Coast Raiders still waiting to have its application approved to rejoin.

The Raiders have started preseason training on the belief they will be part of the competition next year.

A special meeting with the NRRRL management committee has been set down for next month with a decision to be made then.

If they are approved it would increase the competition to 13 teams.

It would be the most since Grafton Ghosts and South Grafton moved south into Group 2 after the 2013 season.

Cudgen came back this season while Tweed Coast have not played NRRRL since 2011.

"There is definitely enough room to support four Tweed teams (with Cudgen and Murwillumbah)," Rix said.

"We're happy to have Tweed Coast back as long as they meet the criteria.

"South Tweed has the biggest junior base in Group 18 and I think they'll be very successful."



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