BULLIOH has cleared its first hurdle in switching to the Tallangatta and District league with Upper Murray clubs approving the move.
Upper Murray clubs voted 4-2 in favour of releasing the Bulldogs during a meeting at Corryong on the weekend.
"Bullioh is extremely grateful for the opportunity to apply to the TDFL," Bullioh committeeman Shayne Ried said.
"We thank the Upper Murray clubs for allowing us to do that.
"Any club or individual in our position would be following the same course of action.
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"At the end of the day for us to remain relevant we need to be part of a competition with firsts, seconds and the like.
"Our decision has not been made out of want because we have enjoyed our 19 years in the Upper Murray since reforming in 2000, it's simply been made out of necessity."
Bullioh will now lodge a submission to AFL NEB for Tallangatta and District clubs to vote on the application.
No date has been set for the vote.
"We would prefer it to be as soon as possible so we can continue planning for next season," Ried said.
Bullioh will play Federal in Saturday's preliminary final at Bullioh with the winner to meet Cudgewa in the grand final.