NSW Rugby League have given their strongest indication yet that football will return this season.
All competitions and team training sessions have been put on hold until at least May 1 due to coronavirus.
However NSWRL chief executive David Trodden believes the downward trend in cases across the state is cause for more optimism community rugby league will return.
"We have had some really positive news over the last week or so with the number of additional coronavirus cases registered in NSW," Trodden said.
"You would be aware those numbers are decreasing on a daily basis and that gives us some confidence we will be able to get competitions going again in some form during the course of this season."
Trodden said the winter sports were looking for a single date to recommence all sport in NSW. and said other sporting bodies "share the optimism we have about getting sport happening in NSW in the very near future".