GROUP 4 is exploring a variety of different competition structures for the 2020 season, including bringing in a new "premier league" division.
The proposed grade comes with a potential influx of clubs into the competition, and would feature clubs able to field only a men's team and a ladies' league tag side.
Meanwhile, all clubs that are able to field two men's sides would compete in first and reserve grade respectively.
Group 4 chairman Ray McCoy said the potential grade would allow all clubs to compete in a competition "that meets their needs".
"If we were to implement the premier league division, it would mean every club would have all of their sides playing at the same time, in the same place, regardless of what grade they're in," McCoy told the Leader.
"What we have done is listened to each club's needs and are coming up with the best ways to accommodate everyone.
"We're confident this template could become a mould for other groups across the state to emulate in the future."
The proposal for a new grade comes after three Group 19 clubs - the Moree Boars, Uralla Tigers and Walcha - flagged an interest in joining Group 4.
The Barraba Bulldogs also indicated they would return to the competition in 2020, after a year in recess.
"It is one thing to express an interest in joining our competition and another to actually apply," McCoy said.
"At this stage, all three of those [Group 19] clubs have filed an expression of interest in joining Group 4 in 2020.
"However, there is still some work to do in regards to which clubs will be coming across and which clubs will stay put.
"We're confident we will know exactly what the blueprint for 2020 will look like in about two weeks."
McCoy said Group 4 was working closely with the referees association to ensure all games would have "proper adjudication" next season.
"Over the past couple of weeks, we have had good conversations with new referees advocate Ryan Schmiedel about potential measures to have enough referees next season," he said.
"All clubs are being included in those conversations as well.
I'm confident all of our games next season will be run to a high standard and will be something families will want to come to every weekend."