A SERIES of last-ditch merger talks between clubs could determine the Upper Murray Football League's immediate future.
It is believed Corryong, Federal and Border-Walwa have been involved in discussions over the past fortnight as clubs try and plot their future ahead of next week's all-important league delegates meeting.
Magpie officials confirmed the club had been involved in talks but stressed it was their preference to remain a stand-alone club.
Bullioh is also believed to be looking at several options which could assist in its quest to join the Tallangatta and District league.
AFL North East Border has put recommendations to the six Upper Murray league clubs after receiving their feedback with its preference being to continue with four, five or six clubs.
Cudgewa and Tumbarumba are believed to be content with the Upper Murray's present form.
AFL North East Border regional general manager John O'Donohue said the league's future would become clearer after next week's meeting.
"It's progressing but there is no clear consensus just yet," O'Donohue said.
"There are a number of things we have identified and it's a matter of working through them with the clubs.
"We have a little way to go yet. Talks are continuing and lots of options are on the table.
"Hopefully it can be resolved this month."
The Upper Murray has only three reserve grade sides with most clubs also struggling with junior numbers.