Who knows with ERJFA joining tier 6 clubs might return to that region (Fife and Perthshire clubs) and West Lothian clubs may apply to the EOS.I understand that 2 clubs have applied to the ERJFA in recent weeks I do not know their present status.
I had heard that one ERJFA applicant was effectively a pub team.
There's no long term future in the ERJFA as it currently stands. Tayside will continue to have the lions share of clubs in the Superleague, that in itself will put pressure on remaining West Lothian clubs. Whitburn and Fauldhouse must be feeling the pain financially going to Tayside six times, add in Tayport and the three eastern Fife clubs and it's a strain with either buses and/or travel expenses. North End will probably go up next season to replace one of the two that will drop, will Pumpherston want to follow them with only two Lothians sides in the league?
The ERJFA must know this, so they go on the offensive with the tier 6 claim.
So we return back to where we began, with the EoS's understanding that a West and Tayside league had been agreed and would enter the Pyramid next season, with the West Lothian and Fife clubs encouraged to join the EoS. That is the sort of thinking that should be going on, the ERJFA should be talking to the EoS, an orderly merger is entirely sensible and I'm sure the EoS would be open to it, but with Tayside clubs involved in the show, they probably wont.
It's therefore sadly left as a war of attrition, and I can only see it going one way. I suspect more than one WL ERJFA club will jump to EoS next season, and the EoS should just go out and sell it to the others.