ST Pat's have continued to bolster their ranks as their Group 10 premier league pre-season began this week, adding a trio of New Zealander players to their senior squad.
Logan Afoa, Taumutu Nohotima and Haze Reweti round out the Saints' recruitment for what they're hoping will be a comeback 2020 season.
All three carry highly credentialed records into the Central West.
Nohotima Afoa boasts experience with the New Zealand Army representative side, Nohotima has previously trained with the Canberra Raiders while Reweti already has an impressive club coaching record to his name.
Saints' new player-coach Zac Merritt said the early signs are great from the Kiwi collective.
"Any time you sign a couple of new players it brings a lot of excitement," he said.
"We now have a couple of boys who have come over from New Zealand. On Tuesday I was really happy with how they went.
"They came over to see if they could get a crack with us and they definitely trained the house down."
Injuries have wreaked havoc on the Saints over the past few seasons after they made promising starts to their 2018 and 2019 Group 10 premier league campaigns, so doing everything in their power to be physically ready for the next challenge is crucial.
A productive pre-season is also an important mental boost for a St Pat's side featuring many new faces in 2020.
Developing cohesion between the likes of Oberon Tigers recruits Jackson Brien, Blake Fitzpatrick and Abel Lefaoseu with the returning Saints players is going to be vital.
Merritt said the turnout for Tuesday's first compulsory session, and the way the senior squad applied themselves, are encouraging signs.
"We had 45 to 50 blokes turn up, which is really promising for us, and there's still a few away on holidays. Everyone was keen and we had a pretty tough sesh," he said.
"The last two years I've been back we haven't really had a big pre-season but this year it's going to be tougher. We want to rip in, set higher standards for ourselves and see where it takes us."
With so many new faces it will be interesting to see what lineup St Pat's look to use for the season.
"I've got an idea of what my squad looks but there's a lot of new faces that turned up on Tuesday who showed a lot of promise and are fighting for those positions," Merritt said.
"We've got so many people keen to play in first grade. You can't cement anything with the possibility of injuries coming into the season so we'll just let blokes fight it out throughout the pre-season and rewards those blokes who are ripping in."