THE Bulldogs will be snarling in the NTFA from next season with the South Launceston Football Club being accepted into the competition from next season.
NTFA clubs and board members voted in favour of admitting the Bulldogs to division 1 and Meander Valley to division 2 at a meeting on Tuesday night.
South had faced an uncertain future after AFL Tasmania decided not to renew its TSL licence and members rejected the offer of a half-share in a new Prospect licence.
``It is fantastic news for our football club but our focus is still on this year and Mitch (Thorp) and the boys have set themselves up to be in a grand final and we're really excited about that,'' interim vice-president Rod Patterson said.
``But now we have a future and a lot of work is being done in the background to ensure that we will be up and running in NTFA division 1 with three teams from next year.''
Meander Valley president Leigh Watts said his club was excited about its acceptance into division 2 saying it was a big thing for the Suns going forward.
``We're able to now able to find a game for another 40 people we have on our books by fielding two teams next year instead on just one in the Leven Association,'' he said.
``A step forward into a bigger and better competition is what we've always been looking for and we think it will take our club from strength to strength.
``It's important for the Hagley-Westbury areas where we haven't had football for 17 or 18 years and we look forward to being able to provide some entertainment with a home footy match every two weeks or thereabouts.''
NTFA president Geoff Lyons said the decision taken by the board and member clubs was a positive move for community football.
``It's fabulous that we've now got 20 clubs in the NTFA with South Launceston coming to us with the Youngtown ground and Meander Valley trying to bring together those great communities of Hagley and Westbury,'' he said.
``The former Magpies at Hagley and Tigers at Westbury and now the Meander Valley Suns _ this is great for that community and expanding footy into those places.''
Lyons said player availability was a concern with some clubs but the issues had been able to be worked out.
``The important thing is that it keeps the South Launceston Football Club going and if it wasn't for coming into the NTFA there would be no SLFC in 2014,'' he said.
``The important thing is that people from East Launceston and City-South and South Launceston people want to keep their club going then they need to get in behind this club to ensure it is as viable proposition in the NTFA.'' Leg 1