LEAGUE: Just four teams could be in action this season in the Northern Districts Rugby League.
The NewsMail can reveal the Miriam Vale Magpies and Burnett Heads Cutters may not compete in the competition in 2018.
The Magpies are struggling to find players for the season, and the Cutters are likely to sit out this season after an unsuccessful bid to move to Bundaberg Rugby League last year.
NDRL chairman Neil Redfern said ahead of a meeting on January 21, just four teams had signed on.
"Miriam Vale formed a committee but haven't done the affiliation paperwork,” Redfern said.
"That was meant to be done in November but we're in January now.”
Miriam Vale will host a sign-on day on Saturday but Redfern had concerns about whether the side could play.
Redfern said the same about Burnett Heads.
"We haven't heard anything from them since they made the decision,”
"I would say it is highly likely we would have a four- team competition this year.”
Redfern said the door was always open for the Cutters to return and hoped the side had a change of heart.
The draw will be finalised once teams are confirmed.
Redfern has formed a four, five and six-team draw in case both sides committed.
He was confident the season could be a success with four teams involved.
"It will be a strong
four- team competition, which won't be a bad
thing for the NDRL,” Redfern said.
The NewsMail contacted Miriam Vale and Burnett Heads but they were unavailable to comment.