More players from regional areas will get the chance to pursue their NRL dream following the changes made to the Country Rugby League (CRL) Senior Championships.
That’s the feelings of chief executive officer Terry Quinn, who spoke about the change from opens to an under-23s only tournament on Friday.
“The 19-23-year-old age bracket is our peak participation range for senior football and traditionally players outside of this age range have a lesser chance of progressing through the pathways unless they’re already playing, or have played, in higher levels of competition,” he said.
“By restructuring the format to under-23’s we are giving more players in our peak participation range the opportunity to advance their rugby league careers.”
The decision to make it just under-23s was made to allow for a greater number of players who don’t make the under-20’s to still have the opportunity to play a higher level of football and progress through the pathways.