A number of players with ties to the western region are in the running for a spot in this year's Indigenous All Stars squad.
Fan voting is now open ahead of February's meeting between the All Stars and their Maori counterparts in Townsville.
The inclusion of Rabbitohs player and Coonamble junior Braidon Burns is a confidence booster for the young gun, who spent almost all of the 2020 NRL season sidelined through injury.
The winger also missed out on the chance to play in the recent National Indigenous Rugby League Championships, where players from the local region got to play alongside many NRL stars.
The likes of Tyrone Peachey, Braydon Trindall, Tyrell Fuimano, Will Kennedy and Coonamble's Jesse Ramien all played in that tournament and could also feature for the All Stars.
Dubbo-born Newcastle player Connor Watson is also in the running to land a spot in the All Stars squad, along with Wellington product and former Australian representative Blake Ferguson, and Orange junior and Canberra's 2020 Dally M winner Jack Wighton.
Ferguson, Peachey, Watson and Wighton played for the All Stars last season.
Wellington product Kotoni Staggs starred in last year's match for the All Stars but the Brisbane Broncos star will miss the 2021 edition as he continues his return from off-season knee surgery.
Staggs' ACL injury will also rule him out of the Broncos season start, with Jesse Arthars and Dale Copley pegged as possible replacements in the backline for a Brisbane side desperate to bounce back from a disappointing year.
Voting for the All Stars can be done on the NRL's official website ahead of the February 20 match.