An announcement regarding the format of the rest of the men's competition is set to be announced in the near future, however the historic Sydney Shire club have chosen not to participate due to financial hardship. 

Frontrunners to replace them for this season is the Western Sydney Wanderers youth team who are one of the few clubs who expressed interest in replacing the Sharks. 

The season is set to recommence in late July or early August running until October with promotion and relegation not being enforced. 

This withdrawal is not permanent and the Sutherland Sharks can still participate in NPL NSW division one next season. 

Western Sydney Wanderers CEO John Tsatsimas said he was pleased to offer his youth development arm another opportunity

“We’d like to thank Football Federation Australia, Football NSW and the affiliated clubs, for their assistance and support during this period,” said Tsatsimas. 

“The next 11 matches will be a fantastic opportunity for our coaches and players, and we are excited to see them play at the highest level of the National Premier League competition ahead of some important national team matches.”