IT’S official, Burnie and Devonport will be back playing in the NTFL next year and both club presidents say preparations have already begun.
The two Coastal TSL clubs got a unanimous vote of approval from the existing six clubs at a special NTFL board meeting on Tuesday night in Ulverstone.
The decision means Burnie has to field two further teams from 2015 onwards, while Devonport needs to assemble just one additional side because the club already has an under-18s outfit.
The teams both clubs require are: TSL seniors, NTFL seniors, reserves, under-18s, under-16s and under-14s.
Neither will have a side in the TSL development league.
Dockers president Peter Vincent said the club was looking forward to the challenges ahead.
‘‘We’ve got a lot of hard work to do between now and the start of next year, but we’re confident it will all come together in time,’’ Vincent said.
‘‘We’re really keen to recruit some more volunteers to help run the club and we also invite past players to come back and play.
‘‘It’s going to be challenging in the short term to get this off the ground, but we think as the years go by it will become easier and the playing stocks will look after themselves.’’
Magpies president Shane Yates shared similar views as Vincent, but said his club may be in a slightly better position given the fact it already has an under-18s outfit.
‘‘We formed the under-18s in 2012 for this very reason,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s still going to be a challenge for us too, though. We’re always open for more support and we’re obviously going to need more helpers for next year.
‘‘But we think we’re up to it.
League president Andrew Richardson said the finer details of the arrangement between the NTFL and TSL were yet to be signed off on, but he was pleased the eight-team competition was not a dream anymore, rather a reality.