"Everyone is busting to play."
It's been a long wait but Dubbo Rhinos president Ian Burns will soon see his players back on the park.
Central West Rugby Union boss Matt Tink will release the draw for the region's competitions on Friday, with the first round of modified seasons expected on July 18.
The Rhinos are one of five clubs contesting this year's New Holland Agriculture Cup and while Burns would ideally like to see a few more players at training before round one, he's just delighted to see a competition going ahead in 2020.
"It's great to be able to play some footy," he said.
"Everyone is busting to play so it's exciting rugby will kick-off and if we get some more numbers before then, even better."
The Rhinos have been training in line with all COVID-19 restrictions for roughly three weeks and Burns said in a perfect world there would be 10 more faces for the men's senior sides.
Player numbers has long been a battle for the Rhinos and while it's far from a crisis situation Burns expects more interest among the men, women, and colts following Friday's announcement.
"I think a lot of people are just hanging out for that confirmation," he said.
"It will be good when that draw comes out. I've been telling people we're playing but haven't been able to show that draw yet."
The club president is also open to rugby league players who will go without play following the cancellation of Group 11 this year to have a crack at another code.
Gerald Webster, president of Dubbo's other club the Kangaroos, has already stated the Roos have more than enough players and wouldn't have room for league players but Burns said those keen could definitely find themselves in a black and gold jersey this year.
"There's one young fella who plays league who has come across but we really haven't got any coming over," he said.
"Really we could do with another 10 players so if there's guys who would like to try it we'd encourage them to come over."
Tink is waiting on feedback from clubs across all competitions before locking in competition structure for the year.
There are two options on the table for New Holland clubs.
One would see the five sides play each other once before a finals series of potentially three weeks while the other would have every team play each other twice before the top two sides on the ladder go straight through to the grand final.
"I think we're leaning towards the home and away proposal," Burns said.
"Just to get more football in and then one plays two.
"But we'll get a general consensus from the coaches and committee and go from there."
The Bathurst Bulldogs, the Blowes Clothing Cup champions, had originally planned to field a lower grade side in the New Holland Agriculture Cup this season but that won't be the case.
CSU Bathurst, Narromine, Parkes, and Mudgee are the other four clubs taking part in this season's competition.