Group 10 Rugby League sides have yet to enter next year's West Wyalong Knockout, but with slots filling fast the pre-season showcase is expected to be as fiercely-contested as ever.
Six sides are already locked in for the 2020 edition, which is once again worth $10,000 and was previously a steadfast pre-season fixture for a number of Group 10 sides, primarily Orange CYMS during Mick Sullivan's tenure as captain-coach.
Dubbo Macquarie, from the neighbouring Group 11 competition, have signalled their intention to return already though, as have Canberra Raiders Cup club Woden Valley.
After missing the 2019 edition Wagga Kangaroos are back on board under new coach Hayden Ashcroft as well, with cross-town rivals Southcity another of the Group Nine clubs to have locked up a spot too.
Of course the hosts West Wyalong are locked in while fellow Group 20's Tullibigeal Lakes United have sent in their entry pack too.
West Wyalong Knockout organiser Nicole Wood said she's thrilled to have a number of clubs returning to the fold, particularly Dubbo Macquarie, and confirmed a number of other teams have sent feelers out but haven't yet committed.
It remains to be confirmed as to whether any of those clubs are from Group 10, or whether any side in the area intends to use the tournament as part of their pre-season campaign.
"[Dubbo Macquarie] have been here previously years but it has been a long time since they have been part of it," Wood said.
"It will be good to get them in and have a bit of fresh blood in the competition. I thought it would be a good a mix.
"We've had a few other teams from around different groups ask to have the information sent through but we're just waiting to hear back from them. We are feeling positive at the moment."
Wood also said she expects the Young Cherrypickers and Forbes Magpies to commit soon, with Temora also expected to nominate for the event, which will be open to a maximum of 16 teams on February 28 and 29.
Canberra Raiders Cup club Goulburn Workers won last year's Knockout title with a 12-6 victory over Wagga Brothers, but haven't yet submitted an entry for their title defence.
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