A leading NSW rugby league official believes community football will return this year.
Albury Thunder and its Group Nine rivals are slated for a July 18 return, comprising a nine-round competition and finals.
However, more will be known after a NSWRL board meeting on June 1.
"I'm very confident (of the season going ahead)," NSWRL operations manager Robert Lowrie said when quizzed.
I'm very confident (of the season going ahead). Just talking to different groups and the feedback that I get and the plans that are in place.NSWRL's Robert Lowrie
"Just talking to different groups and the feedback that I get and the plans that are in place."
There has been talk in some football codes of players not being paid, but that won't be the case in Group Nine, unless clubs enforce it.
In the State, some competitions have salary caps and some have rules restricting payments.
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The Riverina's top league doesn't fall into either category, so it's up to clubs to decide whether they pay players.
The NSWRL is compiling a document on the guidelines for a safe return to playing.