Important step in merger talks


THE Grafton Ghosts Rugby League Club committee will consider an amended proposal to form a new, combined club for next season when it meets on Monday, July 31.

At a meeting on Saturday afternoon between the one club proposal steering committee, comprising members from the Ghosts and South Grafton Rebels, several issues were addressed.

"The meeting was quite positive and a couple of issues that existed were addressed and sorted out," a steering committee member said.

The issues mainly surrounded financial areas of concern.

It is understood, following a public notice, only one debtor came forward claiming monies owed by either of the two long-standing Grafton clubs.

The overall debts of both clubs are believed to be similar.

If the Ghosts committee agrees to accept the latest proposal, an extraordinary AGM of both clubs' general memberships will be called and the matter put to a vote.

The Rebels committee agreed last month to put the one club decision to its members.

It is also understood the NSW Country Rugby League is prepared to provide financial support should the two clubs decide to form a new, one town rugby league entity.

Anyone interested in joining a new executive, committee or help out the new club, should contact either Janita Cooper on 0423637793 or Pat Swift on 0427794389.

All inquires will be in kept in strict confidence.

Meanwhile, the South Grafton Rebels reserves went down 32-10 against Ballina on Sunday, but their talented Under-18s came away with a 16-6 victory.

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