CONCERNS about player poaching threaten to derail attempts by South Launceston and Meander Valley to join the NTFA next season.
The NTFA board and clubs will vote whether to admit the Bulldogs and Suns on September 11.
NTFA president Geoff Lyons has urged clubs to approve their entry for the betterment of the competition, despite concerns about players being poached from existing clubs.
``I think as a community football organisation we should receive the two clubs with open arms,'' Lyons said.
``The position of the NTFA is that we should be growing community football and this is a way of doing that.
``Of course, we need to make sure that they are not going to come in and take the players from other clubs _ but that's not what this is about.
``It's entirely up to the clubs and they have rightly got some concerns and want to protect their player lists and recruitment into the future.
``But my view is that we have to make a home for South and Meander because that's their request and it's important for us to grow the game.''
Lyons said he hoped representatives would be focused not only on what was good for their club but what was best for the game and maximising the number of people playing it.
``Meander Valley started from nothing and is trying to grow the game in Westbury and Hagley and bring those communities together,'' he said.
``South Launceston is a major part of the culture of the city of Launceston playing at Youngtown and the NTFA is its best fit.
``It is vital for growing the game in the Southern suburbs with the number of juniors they have running around needing somewhere to play senior football.''
Longford Football Club president Colin Targett admitted existing clubs held concerns.
He said South and Meander needed to provide assurances they would not target already registered players.
``South has to find players for three teams _ where are they going to find them from?'' he said.
``If Bracknell loses four or five players they could end up falling over or Deloraine is the other one with the worry Meander might pinch half of their club.
``In saying that, we support South coming onboard _ but the availability of players concerns everyone.''