THE 2020 Group Seven season is shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory, largely due to the numerous big names that have put pen to paper at new clubs.
Paul Roberts left Collegians and joined Nowra-Bomaderry, Shellharbour's Sam Clune headed to Albion Park-Oak Flats, Warilla-Lake South's Kayne Brennan teamed up with the Gerringong Lions and Michael Henderson signed with Berry-Shoalhaven Heads - just to name a few.
But the biggest of the lot has to be reigning Michael Cronin Medalist Daniel Burke leaving the Gorillas and being snapped up by Jamberoo.
"Leaving Warilla wasn't easy and I knew I was going to let people down but I left on good terms and would never rule out returning there one day," Burke said.
"Some senior players (Kayne Brennan and Hans Schuster, as well as coach Craig Stapleton) were on their way out and left the club too.
"For me moving forward, being determined to win a title, I thought the best decision was the leave the club."
Last season was Burke, and his best mate Brennan's first year back at Cec Glenholmes Oval, after a stint in the Illawarra Division Rugby League competition.
During his five years in Illawarra, Burke spent four campaigns at Collegians (winning one grand final), before spending one season with Helensburgh - who also won the premiership.
But the now 27-year-old always knew he'd return to his junior club Warilla.
"Kayne and I (as local juniors), wanted to help the club be successful again," Burke, who started the season at five-eighth before shifting to lock, said.
"The year as a whole was fun - I really enjoyed catching up with old mates and making new friends along the way.
"Obviously, (as a team) it didn't go as well as we liked and we probably needed another key player if we were to go all the way."
Although the Gorillas missed out on claiming any silverware, being knocked out in the elimination final against Kiama, Burke personally didn't go home empty-handed in 2019 - being awarded the competition's player of the year award.
"I almost didn't go to the Group Seven awards night," he said.
"There were some great contenders and I thought Kiama's Cam Vazzoler would have taken it out.
"But it's hard to say because I didn't watch any games to see how anyone played.
"I knew I'd had some really strong performances during the season, so my girlfriend and mother made sure I went.
"Then to be called out as the winner was a huge honour.
"There are numerous fine players names on that plaque and to be there beside them is something I'll always cherish."
Since then, Burke, decided to join the 2017 premiers at Kevin Walsh Oval - with the players quickly giving him the nickname Mick, after his recent award.
"I like Jamberoo's style of football and probably suits me the most of any team in the competition," he said.
"Jono [Dallas] wanted me to play a role in the team and I couldn't be happier with it.
"My aim is to inject last year's form into the Jamberoo squad, which could prove very dangerous for opposition teams, especially around the ruck.
"Since arriving, everyone's been good to me - I've fitted into the group well.
"They're all easy blokes to get along with and the whole seems really fun."
During the pre-season, which included the Superoos annual trial match with Gundagai, Burke believed his side were shaping up nicely going into the 2020 season - before coronavirus saw the season's kick-off pushed back until July.
"We were looking really sharp, especially after our trial match," he said.
"Obviously it's disappointing to not be playing right now but I've been trying to keep fit my doing my own weights and fitness sessions, to ensure I'm ready to go when the season starts.
"And when we do finally get to take the field, I'm extremely confident we have the group to take it out this season."