Northern United enters the NRRRL
The predominantly Indigenous club won’t be allowed to sign any more than three players from any existing NRRRL clubs in its inaugural season.
In addition the club will need to lodge a $10,000 bond with the league and be audited to prove its finalcial status.
It was a case of third time lucky for Northern United which has been knocked back by the league on two previous occasions.
Northern United’s impassioned plea to join the league tugged at the heartstrings of many delegates at last night’s NRRRL annual general meeting but there were serious concerns about the possible player drain from clubs such as Marist Brothers, Casino, Kyogle, Ballina, Lower Clarence and Evans Head.
Northern United President Laurie Mercy said he was ‘over the moon’.
“It is a shot in the arm for the Indigenous community in this area,” he said.
“We are just so grateful that they have accepted our proposal this year.”
Meanwhile, there were moves afoot at last night’s AGM to let renegade club South Tweed migrate over the border to the Gold Coast competition.
Peace talks yesterday afternoon involving the Australian Rugby League (ARL), Country Rugby League (CRL) and South Tweed failed to achieve a result.