Efforts have moved up a gear to increase the number of teams participating in the Ulster Senior League.
The league is set to switch back to winter football later this year with the new season due to get underway in August.
As it is, six clubs will participate in the league - Swilly Rovers have reversed a decision to withdraw. However, members of the USL committee have recently met with officials from Finn Harps and from the Cavan/Monaghan League with a view to expanding the league up to eights clubs.
Negotiations are also understood to have taken place with the Donegal League. Proposals have been discussed which could see the Donegal League taking over the running of the USL and forming an Intermediate Division, above the current Donegal League Premier Division.
This would allow for promotion and relegation between those top divisions and would make the step up to Intermediate football much more attractive to junior clubs.
Ulster Senior League secretary, Niall Callaghan said the league can only improve by increasing the number of clubs involved.
“We’ve had some very positive negotiations over the past number of weeks,” he said.
“We completely understand why clubs might be reluctant to make the step up to join the Ulster Senior League in its current format, but there are other proposals being considered which might change things,” he said.
Mr. Callaghan also confirmed that league officials are also seeking changes to the Knockalla Caravans Cup competition.
He said the feeling is that the competition could be improved if clubs from the Northern Ireland Intermediate League - like Derg View and Strabane Athletic - were invited to take part.
At present the competition is for clubs from the Ulster Senior League, Donegal League, Inishowen League and Cavan/Monaghan League.
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