At the start of the year Tori Canham was dreaming of a season in red and green.
The Coonamble product was making the effort of travelling to the city to trial and train with the South Sydney Rabbitohs' women in the hope of earning a deal with the famous club.
And while COVID struck and ruined any chance of that, the opportunity to play with the Wiradjuri Goannas in the Western Women's Rugby League (WWRL) competition has been a much-loved consolation.
"I just love my football," she said.
"It's good to be back out playing after COVID and all that and playing with a good group of girls.
"It's been a long year coming back into rugby league and the girls are enjoying being out there."
Canham, who had previously played for the Castlereagh side in WWRL, is part of a growing list of female players from the region who are trying their luck in the city.
"I'm glad it'd come back to the country and it's giving these young girls a go," she said.
"For me to be able to be able to be a role model for those young girls is a privilege and hopefully they can come through the ranks and we can have a good side again next year and have a good pathway."
Canham hasn't given up on the dream of playing for the Rabbitohs and is likely to try out again next season, but for now the focus is on claiming premiership glory with the Goannas.
The Goannas will meet the Orange Vipers on Sunday in this year's grand final.
The sides have met once this season with the Goannas throwing away a 10-point lead in the second half to lose in the final minutes.
"We had a good game against them two weeks ago and our defence let us down," Canham said.
The grand final kicks of at 2.50pm at Orange's Pride Park next weekend.