Wednesday December 14, 2016
BIRMINGHAM boss Graham Drury says he’s held “positive talks” with riders following Tuesday’s National League AGM.

Club promoters met in Rugby and decided the rules and regulations for the 2017 campaign.

The third tier will once again consist of 12 clubs with Lakeside and Plymouth entering while Rye House will sit out as they focus on their new adventure in the SGB Premiership and Belle Vue and Coventry have joined forces and will share fixtures.

The points limit was set at 39 points too while it was confirmed the play-off system will remain to determine the 2017 National League Champions.

Said Drury: “Like almost every other AGM I’ve been to over the years, you go in there with your ideas and your visions to help move things forwards; some get voted in while others get disregarded and they go with the majority.

“There aren’t too many drastic changes to get used to this year and now it’s all finally done and out of the way and we know what the rules and regulations are, we can finally tie things up with riders and begin putting the pieces of the jigsaw together.

“As soon as the AGM finished on Tuesday, I was straight on the phone to a few riders and I would envisage us being in a position to announce a couple more of our signings by the start of next week alongside our season ticket prices and terms and conditions for 2017.

Meanwhile, the draw for the 2017 National League Knockout Cup has been made. The Surestop Brummies will enter the competition in the second round where they will face the winner of the Plymouth v Isle of Wight first round clash.

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