New Central North president Paul King says building a strong colts competition is one of the biggest challenges facing the zone.
After serving as vice-president for the last two seasons, the Moree local was elected to replace Tony Byrnes at the helm at Sunday's AGM.
A familiar face around the zone, King's involvement started back in 1996 with the Bulls' second grade side.
He went on to play seven seasons with them, hanging up the boots in 2003.
Following his retirement he took a bit of a break from rugby, before starting a new chapter on the other side of the sideline in 2013.
After coaching the Bulls for two seasons, King stepped up to the presidency in 2015, a post he has proudly held for the last five seasons (his role with the zone will mean he is unable to continue as the Bulls president).
His appointment as the new zone president was one of a few significant changes to come out of Sunday's meeting, with the zone notably voting to lift the colts age from under-19s to under-21s.
Flagging interest in the colts age group has been an issue for some time and the structure of the competition has undergone a number of changes in recent years.
One of those was the absorption of the under-16s/under-17s into the North West Regional Youth Competition when it started up.
The success of the competition was a major factor in the decision to make the colts competition under-21s. Drawing teams from right around the region, the zone is hoping that interest will filter through to the clubs.
It will also give the players coming out of the under-18s "the next level to go to" and won't throw them straight into grade football before they might be ready. Some of them, as King pointed out, have only been playing the game for one or two years.
"We really want to get on the front foot with it and get them involved and this is a good way to do it," he said.
The aim is for at least five teams next year.
King also spoke about maintaining the progression of the women's competition.
"At this stage we've got seven teams, which is really great, but if we can get it to a full nine-team competition that would be fantastic," he said.
"If we have a full competition of women's teams it will just add to the whole day."
"So there'll be some more work done on that."
After having a virtually rugby-free winter, he is ready to hit the ground running and looking forward to the 2021 season.
"I think everyone's keen to get back into it," he said
"Going forward next year there'll probably still be restrictions in place, Hopefully they'll be a bit lighter than what they have been but we'll just have to adhere to guidelines that are issued by the government and then Rugby Australia and NSW Rugby as well."
The competition is at this stage slated to kick-off on April 10 and conclude on September 11.