Tenterfield keen to join RL comp

BORDER Rugby League chairman Steve McEvoy is in negotiations with a prospective club keen to join the league.

McEvoy said he was confident that the Border League would have a five or six-team competition next season.

“My suggestion to clubs is to focus on 2011 with a posi-tive view that reserve grade and A-grade will be offered by four of the five clubs competing next season,” he said.

“As far as persistent rumours of the move of Tenterfield to Group 19 next year, I have nothing from Tenterfield officially, and there was no representation at our AGM from their club, which was a little disappointing.

“If the club wants to go to Group 19 they need to ensure they have the support of the community and players, as it certainly is a big commitment both financially and travel-wise.

“For a new committee who only took over the club just prior to the semi-finals this year, it certainly is a big call.”

McEvoy recalled when Tenterfield came into the BRL 15 years ago, saying it was a difficult decision for the club to leave Group 19.

“Once they are gone it will be difficult for them to leave and rejoin us, so I hope they have done their homework,” he said.

“All we have ever offered to clubs is support and advice, and at this stage neither was sought from us by Tenterfield.

“However, we have never closed the door on them and it is still open for them to join the Border Rugby League in 2011 if the club changes its mind.”


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