TAREE Touch president Graham Goodwin hopes the agreement announced this week between the NRL and Touch Football Australia will benefit the game at all levels.
This includes country associations.
Mr Goodwin was briefed about the merger by State development officers in town this week for a schools carnival conducted by Taree Touch.
While conceding that he still doesn't know to full details of the agreement, Mr Goodwin hopes it will assist touch and rugby league from park and country competitions through to the elite.
Mr Goodwin is also closely associated with rugby league as a trainer with Taree City along with Group Three senior and Country under 16 representative sides.
Touch Australia and the NRL have been negotiating the merger for a number of years. According to a press release the deal will result in more than 1 million people playing in competitions under a joint NRL-TFA banner.
NRL CEO Dave Smith and TFA chief executive Colm Maguire expect the union to lower participation costs, provide a more streamlined pathway for talented youngsters and help with lobbying and funding.
However, Mr Goodwin noted that touch is already among the cheapest sports available.
Taree Touch runs competitions for senior mixed and men's teams along with grades for boys and girls in the juniors. The juniors are played Monday afternoon, with the seniors on Monday and Wednesday.
Mr Goodwin believes the deal will result in touch getting more exposure in the city media, which will help lift the game's profile.
"I've been told they'll be playing touch games at NRL fixtures. When the State of Origin's on they'll also play a State of Origin touch game as part of the program,'' he said.
"But I hope all the benefits don't all go to the elite level or to competitions in the city,'' he added.
"I know the game is popular in the city but there would more people playing touch with country affiliates. I hope the country areas are looked after.''
Group Three NRL development officer Kylie Hilder is also a current Australian mixed touch representative. She started playing touch in Taree.
Mr Goodwin is unsure if the agreement expands her role to assist touch.
"But it would be great if we were able to get current NRL starts with touch backgrounds, like (Penrith's) Matt Moylan, to help with our promotions,'' he added.
He also hopes it will get more league players involved with touch.
"That's how touch started really as a game for footballers to keep fit during the off-season.''
Meanwhile Taree Touch's new season will start next week, with mixed grades on Monday and the men in Wednesday. Team nominations are still being taken for all grades.