The AFL Central West is forging ahead with a two-tiered system for 2020 despite uncertainty from clubs as to how many teams they'll be able to form and lack of clarity surrounding the implementation of the system.
AFL NSW/ACT leagues and community sustainability manager Cam Borgas, who's overseeing the transition to two tiers, said the league had eight senior men's teams in the bank for season 2020 and was hoping to have 10, which would leave a minimum of four sides in each tier.
He said the move to two tiers was "progressing quite well", with a March 1 deadline for clubs to nominate teams for either the first or second tier or both.
However, clubs are believed to be getting frustrated with a lack of information and uncertainty around the second tier and next to no information about an under 17s competition, especially after Sunday's league-wide meeting where discussing the two tiered competition wasn't initially on the agenda.
The league's plan is to run a six-team first grade competition with Bathurst Bushrangers, Bathurst Giants, Orange Tigers, Dubbo Demons, Parkes Panthers and Cowra Blues and a second tier of both Bathurst sides, an Orange side and a Dubbo side.
Of the Demons and Giants, Borgas said "one club's not sure, and one club's expressed concern about getting there" but was still hopeful of a nine or 10-team competition.
Borgas didn't say which club was struggling for numbers for a second side.
"The figures from this year to last year aren't too different," he said.
"In any amateur sport a lot of people come in the last couple of weeks leading up to the season, so we're working with clubs to get it working."
In the event the Giants and Demons are unable to get second sides up, Borgas said the league would be able to place teams "in either tier depending on a range of factors".
Both Parkes and Cowra have indicated they would prefer to remain in the top tier.
Borgas said the clubs had all jumped behind the switch across to two tiers.
"The feedback has been it's given a lot of people confidence going in knowing there'll be two tiers so people can feel more confident (committing to play) knowing they can pick to play at a different level," he said.
"Moving to two tiers might be helpful for clubs like Mudgee or Young to see there's a path back into the competition."
While Mudgee made an effort to bring in numbers over social media, the club was unable to find the numbers.
The women's competition will remain unchanged.
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