Those red and white Grafton colours are about to return to Mid North Coast rugby fields.
Those red and white Grafton colours are about to return to Mid North Coast rugby fields.

Grafton Redmen rugby club coming south for the winter

GRAFTON Redmen are making the switch back to Mid North Coast rugby following 14 seasons in the Far North Coast competition.

Club president Craig Howe said the side was approached by Woolgoolga - which has registered a side in Mid North Coast first grade for next season - and the decision was not a hard one to make.

It is a great thing for the club to make the switch," Howe said.

"It suits our club structure better because they have nine first grade and nine second grade sides who will play on the same day.

"It will mean that our two grades will be able to travel together, which is better for players and supporters.

"A couple of guys who were talking about retiring, have decided to actually stay playing for the squad because of the move to Mid North Coast."

The Redmen have struggled in recent years to get ascendancy over strong clubs in the Far North Coast competition including Wollongbar, Alstonville and Byron Bay.

But Howe believes the Mid North Coast competition will be a little tighter and more competitive.

"I think down there it has been a little bit dominated by Port Macquarie in recent years.

"We definitely aren't moving to an easier competition.

"Wauchope is new into the first grade competition next year along with a couple of others, so it will be interesting to see how they all play."



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