An intriguing cocktail of challenges and opportunities awaits the NTFA as it begins finalising plans for season 2020.
With two of its three grand final days completed and the third set to take place this Saturday, the state's most geographically expansive association has enjoyed a largely successful first year under new president Scott Rigby.
As well as looking after the NTFAW's maiden year, Rigby has overseen one of the most even premier division seasons in recent memory and has begun tackling the shortage of numbers at under-18 level.
In an interview with The Examiner, Rigby spoke at length on a handful of issues including:
- plans for a longer NTFAW home and away season
- the challenges facing junior pathways and the NTFA's under-18 competition
- the progress of the association's restructure
- the NTFA's push to repair and grow relationships in the North.
Rigby said strengthening relationships with the NTFA's clubs as well as neighbouring associations and community groups had been a primary focus during his first season at the helm.
"Engagement with clubs - that's the base we're building on," he said.
"That's been an overwhelming positive this year and I think we're starting to see the benefits of that.
"I think through that engagement our clubs have responded 10-fold in the sense of straightening up our professionalism and things like that."
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