GROUP Three Rugby League has released a draft draw for the 2021 season that includes Camden Haven in the under 18s and women's league tag competitions.
The draw was sent to clubs last week for comment.
Group Three chairman Wayne Bridge said the clubs were aware of the group's intention to include Camden Haven in the competition, despite the fact the club won't have a senior team.
"We hope the clubs can see the bigger picture,'' he said, adding that the move is supported by the NSWRL.
"We're hoping this will be the first step to Camden Haven returning to senior grades.''
He added that the Eagles would be given at least two years to try and field a team in either first or reserve grade, but preferably both.
Camden Haven hasn't played in the Group Three senior competition for a number of years, but is strongly represented in the Group Three Junior League. The Eagles won back-to-back first grade premierships in 2005/06, but withdrew in 2007 citing a lack of players.
Mr Bridge said East Coast Region league and club support officer Daniel Tempest will continue to hold talks with the Camden Haven club.
"We also want them to submit a business plan to tell us where they want to be in a couple of years,'' Mr Bridge added.
He said that ideally the Eagles would be in a position to return to the senior grades in some capacity, although there are already three clubs from the area currently in the Hastings League.
The season will kickoff on Saturday April 10 with two local derbies in the first round. Taree City will host Old Bar Pirates at the Jack Neal Oval while Port City meets Port Sharks.
On the Sunday Wauchope plays Macleay Valley at Wauchope while Wingham will be at home to Forster-Tuncurry. The season will run for 17 rounds
Semi-finals will be underway from Saturday August 28 with the grand final scheduled for Sunday September 19 - nearly a month later than the 2019 decider.
Group Three's 2020 competition was suspended because of concerns with COVID-19 restrictions.