The Jack Woolaston Nines will be staged for the second time - with the tournament's host, North Tamworth, hoping to make it an enhanced experience compared to the inaugural event this year.
In confirming the March 21 tournament's continued existence, long-serving North Tamworth president Jodie Cooper has honoured the man it is named after.
"He is North Tamworth, isn't he, at the end of the day?" Cooper said.
Despite being aged in his 90s, Woolaston was heavily involved in organising the inaugural nines. But he said he would not serve on the tournament's committee this time.
However, Cooper expects to hear from the nonagenarian when the club meets early in the new year to begin organising the nines.
"Jack's always gonna have a little bit to do with it," he said.
"He's a great man," Cooper added. "He's one in a million ... He's still got a lot of input into the club. He's the go-to man."
Cooper said the Bears' founding president was still very sharp mentally.
"Some of the ideas he comes up with, and you just think, 'Jeez, mate, blokes in their 20s, 30s and 40s can't think of things that you do [think of].
"We had a thing with the draw last year. Jack went to it and fixed it straight away. Things like that, he's just got it."
Cooper said it was hoped the tournament would be held for many years to come.
The Bears boss said the reigning premiers started preseason training a few weeks ago. Training "cranks" up on January 6, he said, when there would be "two or three" conditioning days a week.
He said that centre Andrew Moodie - who formed a lethal left-edge combination with Scott Blanch last season - would "probably" return to rugby in 2020. Moodie joined Norths last season after winning three-straight premierships with Pirates.