ALONG with the near certainty of two new teams, local rugby league will boast a brand new name from 2014.
Japanese beverage and brewing giant Lion has extended its interests in regional sport and the premiership will be known at Tooheys New Group 2 Rugby League.
The sponsorship agreement is for a six-year period and means re-badging the entire competition from logos worn by players and referees, to all traditional and social media operations.
During the 1970s and 80s the Tooheys brand was the most ubiquitous in bush football and is making a comeback. Club delegates will be briefed on their responsibilities at the annual general meeting this Wednesday night.
At that gathering the entry of new clubs Grafton Ghosts and South Grafton Rebels is expected to be rubber-stamped.
Once the votes are in the final approval of Country Rugby League is all that's required for the Clarence Valley clubs to become fully-functioning in their new home.
The position of Kempsey-based Macleay Valley is still to be decided.
The Mustangs failed to gain a quorum to hold their annual meeting but were due to make a second attempt this week.
It's believed the club has made application to join the neighbouring Group 3 competition and will also apply for Group 2 next week.
The complication they face after being suspended from all rugby league on the eve of the 2013 semi-finals is the process of having to apply and be accepted into this competition, before any vote is taken that would allow them to go to the southern league.
Information has been received that a large group of Macleay players have had discussions with Old Bar Pirates which again could have major implications for league in the Kempsey area.
Summer is called the "silly season" and new clubs in transit better get used early to the player merry-go-round and rumour mill.
Suggestions are that two top quality Ghosts are hearing the siren's song and are being encouraged to link up with their old boss Colin Speed at Coffs Harbour.
Coffs are said to be wooing ball-playing goal kicker Ryan Danvers while utility Ben McLennan is rumoured in the sights of the Comets and Rebels.