A three-year battle by Indigenous club Northern United to gain admission to the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition has finally been won.

The NRRRL clubs accepted Northern United’s submission at Monday night’s annual meeting, but imposed conditions on the club’s entry.

Delegates at the meeting also discussed the move by South Tweed to leave the NRRRL and play on the Gold Coast, with most echoing the sentiment of ‘let them go’.

However, a final decision still has to be made, but it appears that Northern United will fill the gap left by South Tweed.

It now appears there will be two new clubs in next season’s competition: Northern United and Evans Head.

Northern United should have no trouble filling the three grades, despite anti-poaching restrictions placed on the club.

The club will not be allowed to sign any more than three players from any existing NRRRL clubs, and it also has to lodge a $10,000 bond with the league and be audited to prove its financial status.

Rugby league is the most popular sport within the local Indigenous communities, evidenced by Northern United’s strong showings in the annual NSW Aboriginal Knockout carnivals.

Club officials have stressed throughout their three-year bid to join the NRRRL that they will welcome any player.

Northern United’s admittance will be a nostalgic moment for many former South Lismore Rabbitohs players.

The club had a strong Indigenous make-up during its long career and produced some of the greats of local league.

It was one of the oldest clubs in NSW league when it was disbanded in the 1980s.

At this early stage, Chris Binge, who already has coached first-grade teams in the NRRRL — and took Ballina to the 2007 grand final — looms as the early favourite to be Northern United coach.