Tugun looks to move south

By ADAM WRATTEN

A LAST-ditch effort to lure Tweed clubs to a revamped Gold Coast competition will be made within the next two weeks.

The move comes as the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) tries to ensure last year's Group 18 premiers, Tugun, stick with the concept.

QRL managing director Ross Livermore ? a renowned heavy-hitter in league circles ? was on the Coast last Thursday to meet Tugun president Dean Glover, whose board members decided on Wednesday they would rather play in the Northern Rivers league than a second-rate Gold Coast competition next year.

With Tweed clubs unlikely to change their minds and back out off their committment to the Northern Rivers ? at least in the short term ? it appears that down the track Tugun and the QRL will be at loggerheads.

The Seahawks are desperate for a change after a disappointing season off the field, where the fans stayed away from their games in the Brisbane-based Mixwell Cup.

"We made our position perfectly clear (to Ross Livermore)," Glover said.

"It was decided at the (board) meeting to pursue the possibility of playing in the Northern Rivers competition, because that's the most attractive competition for us at the moment.

"They still want us involved in the Gold Coast competition ... so we will have to wait and see what happens."



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