ALBURY City FC are confident they will contend for a top four spot in their Pascoe Cup cameo this year, and won't be top loading their squad after Albury-Wodonga Football Association cancelled their season.
After hearing the Pascoe Cup was reduced to nine teams this year after Cootamundra's withdrawal, the club moved quickly to enquire about their chances of fielding a senior men's side in Wagga for 2020 only.
Albury City will play all their home games in Wagga and it is understood they will play an away match in Young as part of their schedule.
Although there is some red tape to get through as the move awaits official approval from Football NSW and Riverina Football, it is believed to be a mere formality.
The move will ensure ten teams play Pascoe Cup, allowing byes to be scrapped and each team will play a 12-game regular season.
Albury City coach Ricky Piltz said they have no intention of topping up their squad with talent from rival AWFA clubs looking for a game.
They will play a trial match against last year's Pascoe Cup grand finalists Lake Albert this Sunday at Rawlings Park before the season begins next weekend.
"We were pretty devastated we weren't going to get a season in after a big pre-season, and the fact Wagga's allowed us to go up there is fantastic news," coach Ricky Piltz said.
"As soon as we found out Football Wagga had a club (Cootamundra) without a senior men's team we thought we'd see if we can jump in that slot and get rid of their bye.
"It developed pretty quickly from asking the (Football Wagga) executive committee to approve us, through to the member clubs approving us in 24 hours.
"We're coming up in good faith. We're not bringing players from any other clubs, we're coming with the team and squad we had in place already.
Albury City finished fourth in AWFA last year and are confident they can shoot for a top four spot in Wagga.
The top four after every team plays each other once will play each other again before a three-week finals series.
"We're excited to come up against teams we've never played before, and as a coach it's great to try and solve those puzzles," Piltz said.
"There's going to be a fair bit of homework from the coaching side on how each team plays, but given we only play each other once there'll be a lot of taking it as it comes.
"We'll be hoping for the top four, we had our eyes set on top four for AWFA this year too and we're trying to set the same goals for the Wagga League.
"If we can make the top four and shoot for the cup that'd be fantastic."
Football Wagga president Tony Dobbin said the move is yet to officially get the green light, but doesn't anticipate any resistance from the powers-that-be.
"There are still some administrative things to go through because we need various approvals from associations, but I don't foresee that being an issue in a different season," he said.