Newcastle Rugby League chief executive Matt Harris will commence negotiations with Venues NSW in the coming weeks about the next grand final deal at McDonald Jones Stadium.
The current contract between the two parties expired following 2019 deciders at the Turton Road facility on Sunday.
Harris said the length of term and provisional conditions, particularly in relation to financial cuts with wet weather scenarios, would be the main points of discussion rather than considering a move elsewhere for 2020 or beyond.
Newcastle RL grand finals have been held at the stadium, regular home ground of NRL side the Knights, since 2015 having switched locations from No.1 Sportsground.
Harris said Venues NSW recently put forward a proposal and he was hopeful the Newcastle RL board would make a decision by the end of this year.
"This year is the end of the current one [deal] and we've got a proposal that the board will take a look at in the next couple of weeks now the finals are over," Harris said.
"I've been pretty clear about wanting it to stay here [the stadium] ... but we've got to crunch the numbers and come up with something that both parties are comfortable with."
Harris said he was pleased with the most recent turnout, which he estimated to be 5300 based on scanned tickets. Western Suburbs defeated Cessnock 36-0 in the first grade showdown.
"It's always difficult to predict, but we were reasonably happy with that," Harris said.
"From a financial aspect, that't the kind of number we need to make it viable."
On the field and there were no charges laid by the Newcastle RL match review committee on Monday following the weekend's grand final despite Wests props Warren Schillings and Tama Koopu being put on report for a tackle on Cessnock winger Joe Woodbury.
Meanwhile, end-of-season representative fixtures will be played at Maitland Sportsground next Thursday (October 3) with the Newcastle Rebels, men's 20-24 years and women's Blues Tag, hosting NRL affiliated states and the Central Coast respectively.
However, Saturday's scheduled encounter between the Rebels' under 19s and the Raiders academy in Canberra has been cancelled.
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