League merger talks go ahead
By Tony White
The chances of one united Grafton rugby league club in 2007 and onwards increased on Monday night when the Ghosts management officially agreed to open formal discussions with South Grafton Rebels.
Ghosts president Michael Rogan said around 20 people, including the Ghosts committee, life members and some businessmen attended the meeting.
After discussions, a vote was carried by majority Rogan said.
A meeting between the Ghosts and Rebels committees will now take place tonight to discuss many of the issues involved.
Following tonight's meeting and possibly other discussions between the clubs, both committees will then go back to their respective general membership to take a vote on whether to proceed with the plan to form one club.
"We'll have a chat with Souths tomorrow night and see what proposals are there," Rogan said yesterday.
"Then it's a matter of calling an extraordinary general meeting and the members can vote on whether we proceed.
"Last night's meeting was good. Everyone there had a say, then we voted on it.
"The majority feel we should go and have a chat with Souths and see what happens from there.
"Some people were for the proposal, some were unsure and some against."
Rogan has made no secret he is against the one-club idea, preferring the Ghosts to continue in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition with its own identity.
However, despite his stance, he would not let his feelings stand in the way of what the majority want.
"Whether I agree or disagree, as president of the club, it's what the majority of those at the meeting wanted and we'll go along and listen to what's said with an open mind," Rogan said.
"Some people are of the view having only one club is the best thing for rugby league in this town, but there is a hell of a lot of work to be done to form a new club, it isn't easy and it's got to be done right particularly in legal terms.
"It takes a lot of work to run a football club, but if that's what our members want than so be it."
Meanwhile, utility back Phil Warby, who has not played for the Ghosts this season, is training with the club this week and is expected to be available this weekend.