BULLIOH will lodge an appeal in the next 24 hours after its bid to join the Tallangatta and District league was vehemently rejected by its clubs.
While the Bulldogs were disappointed with the 20-1 vote, officials anticipated the decision and have started the paperwork to have their case heard by AFL NEB Commission.
Each TDFL club had two votes.
The appeal will be held on October 16.
"The current system with clubs transferring leagues is very archaic and outdated and certainly isn't conducive to a yes vote," long-time Bullioh committeeman Shayne Ried said.
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"The landscape for country footy clubs at the moment is absolutely brutal with zero empathy between clubs and leagues.
"Bullioh is super excited to reach this part of the process where we can appeal.
"We're rapt to have the opportunity to have our submission heard by an independent and non-biased governing body.
"We are probably 21 to 30 days ahead of where we thought we would be when the club started this process as we expected we would have to appeal to be released from the Upper Murray Football Netball League."
The Bulldogs fear they will suffer a mass exodus of players if they remain in the Upper Murray next season as the competition will be without a reserve grade competition.
Only Bullioh, Cudgewa and Tumbarumba were able to field reserve grade sides this year with just six rounds being played.
Bullioh took out this year's senior premiership with a 26-point win over Cudgewa but lost the reserve and under-14 grand finals.
Meanwhile, former Carlton player Peter Dean is Bullioh's new president.