GROUP Three Rugby League clubs could vote on whether to admit Macleay Valley Mustangs into the competition next year at the next group annual meeting.
The pathway will be cleared for the Kempsey-based club to move south from Group Two on Sunday when the new boundaries for North Coast competitions are ratified.
Northern NSW clubs currently playing in south east Queensland competitions will be required to return to this State from next year. This was agreed following negotiations with the Australian Rugby League Commission, the NSW Rugby League, Queensland Rugby League and the Country Rugby League.
"The border between NSW and Queensland will be the border for the competitions,'' Group Three president and CRL management committee member Wayne Bridge said.
"So those NSW clubs now in Queensland will be coming back home.''
This will lead to a domino effect, with two Grafton-based clubs currently playing in the Northern Rivers Rugby League expected to apply to shift to Group Two.
This would open the way for Macleay to possibly come into Group Three's control because of the increased travel involved in the Group Two competition. Macleay is the southern most point of Group Two.
It is understood Group Two would not attempt to block Macleay.
Mr Bridge said he has had some informal talks with Macleay officials and it his 'gut feeling' the club wishes to move here . The group has sent the club its bylaws and criteria although the Mustangs have yet to seek a meeting with Group Three's executive.
Macleay was suspended by Group Two towards the end of the current season following a wild brawl in a game against Coffs Harbour. However, this would not stop the club from applying to join Group Three in 2014.
"They were only barred for the remainder of the Group Two season,'' Mr Bridge said.
Macleay won the Group Two premiership in 2012 under Willy Lockwood's coaching. Lockwood did not take on the job this season but he was at the Group Three elimination semi-final at Port Macquarie last weekend with a number of Macleay players.
Mr Bridge confirmed that should Macleay apply to to join Group Three the matter would be dealt with at the group's annual meeting in November. Mr Bridge said the decision would be up to the group's member clubs.
He said the Group management has not discussed the possibility of Macleay coming south with club delegates.
"We would need to meet with Macleay first and we would expect an application well before our annual meeting so we could get the information out to our clubs,'' he said.
The addition of Macleay would extend Group Three's boundaries from Forster-Tuncurry to Kempsey.