QUESTION marks still remain whether the Mid North Coast will be able to field a team in the New South Wales Rugby League second-tier competition in coming years.
It was originally hoped a team could have attempted to enter the 2020 competition, but that dream appears a long way off.
The Mid North Coast had hoped to forge a partnership with the Sydney Roosters, but the team from Bondi has now partnered with the North Sydney Bears.
Port Macquarie Sharks president Jamie Dowse was leading the way for the Mid North Coast proposal, but it has so far hit some stumbling blocks.
“It’s still feasible, but we’re still crawling at the moment,” Dowse said.
“North Sydney are already set up.”
Dowse admitted the Mid North Coast proposal still needed to finalise a working committee to gain momentum.
He added the NSWRL needed to do more to help proposals outside the Sydney-metropolitan basin.
Nine of the 12 current Intrust Super Premiership clubs are located in Sydney, while Wyong is a short one-hour drive north of the Harbour Bridge.
There is no team north of Newcastle up to the Queensland border.
“The Queensland Cup isn’t just about Brisbane – it’s about all of Queensland,” Dowse said.