The Moree Boomerangs have withdrawn from the Group 19 competition for the 2020 season following a recent board meeting.
The decision was supported unanimously by the Board of Directors at the club's board meeting on Thursday, March 26.
Moree Boomerangs president Mitchell Johnson stated that "the club had made the decision after weighing up a number of issues and consulting their players, supporters and general community members."
"Whilst the decision to withdraw from the competition was not taken lightly by the board, we stand by our decision," Johnson said.
"The major concerns discussed at the meeting related to the coronavirus pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding the entire Rugby League community from NRL down to grass roots footy clubs.
"The board had major concerns on a number of issues, but the overriding concern was for the health, safety and wellbeing of our players, supporters and their families."
There was a widely held opinion from people within the club that they should not go ahead in the competition this year.
The Boomerangs also took the club's passionate and loyal supporters into consideration who watch their teams at both home and away games, and the board did not want to place those supporters at a higher risk of COVID-19 infection.
Another major concern was the competition structure that may prevail if the competition is shortened.
"A shorter competition, let's face it, means fewer home games and for clubs this means less opportunity to make money to pay club costs," Johnson said.
"Financial viability then becomes an issue."
The club wanted to reassure their players and supporters that they remain affiliated with Group 19 and will be back on the paddock in 2021.