DIVE: Burnett Heads' Lachi Shea scores a try last year. The club will find out if it will play in the NDRL this weekend.
DIVE: Burnett Heads' Lachi Shea scores a try last year. The club will find out if it will play in the NDRL this weekend. Paul Donaldson BUN140517NDRL8

Future of the Cutters to be decided this weekend

LEAGUE: By the end of this week Burnett Heads players will find out if they are competing in the Northern Districts Rugby League.

The competition will hold a board meeting on Sunday to vote on whether to accept the Cutters back into the NDRL for this season.

The Cutters late last year left the competition in a pursuit to join the Bundaberg Rugby League.

The club's move was rejected by the Queensland Rugby League and the BRL with a move back to the NDRL the club's only option to play in any competitions this year.

NDRL president Neil Redfern confirmed to the NewsMail yesterday the meeting was set to take place.

Now, all NDRL clubs, the NDRL board and the referees will vote and decide on the Cutters future.

If they decide against the Cutters coming in then the side can't play anywhere.

Meanwhile, Redfern confirmed the competition will have at least five sides involved this year, with the outlook better for the Miriam Vale Magpies.

The Magpies were in doubt to compete, with not enough players signing on for the new season.

"They are looking really good,” he said.

"They have really dragged themselves through.

"I'm very confident, to about 90 per cent, from what they are saying that they will be playing.”

The deadline for the club to commit is today with the decision one way or the other to be made official on Sunday.

"We'll still have to work very hard with them to get them going through the season,” Redfern said.

"They are a proud club so it will all be worthwhile to see them up and running this season.”

If Miriam Vale and Burnett Heads are in, the NDRL will be six teams for the first time since 2016.