HARRINGTON Rugby Union committee member Greg Hamilton has confirmed the club is considering a switch to rugby league next year by applying to join the Hastings League.
"But nothing has been set in concrete yet,'' he quickly added.
"We won't be making a decision for a couple of months yet - maybe more.''
Known as the Hurricanes, Harrington has endured a tough few years in the Lower North Coast rugby union premiership since joining in 2009 and have been perennial wooden spooners.
"Most of our players are from league,'' Hamilton explained.
When the club was formed the nucleus of players were in the area working on the highway bypass. All had rugby backgrounds.
"But they all left when the work on the highway was finished,'' Hamilton said.
He admits experienced rugby players have been hard to find since, although he added despite the lack of on-field wins, the camaraderie within the club has been excellent.
League was once the dominant code in the Harrington area.
Harrington, or Lower Manning, was a former powerhouse in the then Group Three Saturday League.
But the Dolphins, as they were called, hit hard times when the Saturday League combined with southern Group Three clubs to form the revamped Group Three in 1995. Harrington withdrew three years later, citing a lack of players.
Hamilton moved to the area five years ago and admits he wasn't aware there was a league competition for the Hurricanes to play in.
"We would never pass the criteria to play in Group Three,'' he said.
"We wouldn't get under 18s or women's league tag. We'd only ever be a one-team club.''
However, the Hastings League, based at Wauchope, is for one team clubs. There is some history here as Lower Manning initially played in the league before the formation of the Group Three Saturday League.
Eight clubs play in the Hastings League including two from the Kempsey area.
There are no clubs currently in the competition from the Manning.
Hamilton said the Harrington committee has had some informal talks with the Hastings League. He said the Hurricanes would currently have a playing roster numbering about 18 but believes this would increase if the club was playing rugby league.
However, he added the club hasn't applied to join the Hastings League and even if they did, there's no guarantee they would be accepted.
"That would be up to the Hastings League clubs,'' he said.
"As I said, we may decide to stick with rugby. We'll do what we think is best for the club.''
One of the founders of the Hurricanes, Chris Tsembis, said the club has struggled to gain a foothold in the Harrington area.
"We've been hitting our heads against a brick wall,'' he said.
"This is a league town and playing rugby league would probably attract more interest.''
He said it was disappointing the Hurricanes failed to pick up players when the Old Bar club withdrew from the Lower North Coast Rugby competition this year.