FOOTBALL Mid North Coast Premier League champions Wallis Lake are now expected to nominate for a place in the Zone Premier League to kickoff in 2020.
This follows the club's decision to withdraw from the Coastal Premier League (see story back page).
Football Mid North Coast will be calling for nominations for the Zone Premier League soon. This will be a one grade competition.
It's understood Wallis Lake's reserve grade would nominate to play in the Football Mid North Coast's Southern League. Taree Wildcats president Ben Sedlen said his club's reserve grade would also play in the Southern League next year.
A former Football Mid North Coast Premier League club, the Wildcats did not seek a place in the Coastal Premier League.
FMNC chairman Mike Parsons remains confident nine or 10 clubs would play in the Zone Premier League in 2020. He said there have been expressions of interest from the former FMNC Premier League clubs Taree Wildcats, Wauchope, Camden Haven and Tuncurry-Forster. Southern League premiers Wingham are other likely starters.
Twelve clubs played in the Southern League in 2019 with Wingham defeating Hallidays Point in the grand final. This was Hallidays Point's only loss for the season. It is not known if Hallidays Point would seek a berth in the Zone Premier League.
Mr Parsons said there has also been interest from clubs in Football Mid North Coast's Northern League. Seven clubs were involved in the Northern League A-grade last season, with Lake Cathie beating Upper Manning Yowies in the grand final.
Wallis had been the dominant club in the Football Mid North Coast Premier League for the past five years. The club defeated Port United in this year's grand final. Port United will play in the Coastal Premier League next season.
Mr Parsons said the competition is likely to kick off in late March or early April, depending on the number of clubs involved.