We're outta here

IF THERE was any lingering doubt as to where the South Tweed Rugby League Club would be playing next year, it was removed yesterday at the club's sign-on day at Twin Towns Juniors.

Earlier in the week, South Tweed president John Morris met with Australian Rugby League (ARL) chief executive Geoff Carr and Country Rugby League (CRL) board chairman Warren Kimberley and chief executive officer Terry Quinn to come up with a solution to the on-going saga.

From that meeting, all parties agreed that the players would determine the future of the club by signing either NSW Rugby League registration papers or Queensland Rugby League (QRL) papers.

Yesterday, the message was loud and clear - the players unanimously signed QRL papers committing the club to the Gold Coast Rugby League (GCRL) competition in 2009.

Quinn, Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League (NRRRL) chairman Robin Harley and secretary Doug Harrison, to their credit, did turn up with NSW forms but it was clear from the outset where the players' intentions lay.

“When they saw our players signing Queensland forms, I think they knew and gave us their blessings to go north and wished us well,” a relieved Morris said.

“The response has been fantastic, we've gained a few players from the Tweed and now we can get down to the business of playing rugby league.”

Yesterday, the club also announced its coaching panel for 2009 with Paul Bishop named as A grade coach, Mick Gray as reserve grade coach, Damian Towell as under-19s coach and Marty Quinn as under-17s coach.

The NRRRL competition will still go ahead with two conferences - north and south - with the Tweed being represented by the Cudgen Hornets, the Tweed Coast Raiders and the Murwillumbah Mustangs, all playing on the northern conference along with Mullumbimby, Byron Bay, Ballina and a team to be confirmed but it could possibly be the new inclusion to the competition, Northern United.

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