Group 20's reigning player of the year will return to the Group Nine season.
Temora product Hayden Philp linked with Leeton last season but with their competition not going ahead due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis the talented lock, he is now heading to play for the Wagga Brothers in 2020.
Philp finished in the top three of the Weissel Medal count in 2017 and 2018 before winning Group 20's best and fairest award last season.
The 23-year-old just wants to play rugby league.
"I just want to keep fit rather than just sit at home and do nothing," Philp said.
"It will be good to play footy and get the ball in your hands."
Heading back to play for Temora would have been the obvious choice before they withdrew from the competition.
Philp captained the Greens last season, who would have celebrated their centenary in 2020, but doesn't expect too many teammates to follow him to Group Nine.
"I haven't spoken to too many and they've got the Aussie Rules who will still be playing here so I think a few of them will probably stay in Leeton," he said.
"I think a couple of the Fijians might help out a few of the reserve grade sides in the Group Nine comp but we only just got the news we were definitely out."
With Group Nine bucking the trend by signalling they will go ahead this year Philp isn't expected to be the only late addition to the remaining eight teams.
Groups 10,11 and 20 have all decided against having a competition this season while the Canberra Raiders Cup competition is also in doubt.
Their delayed eight-round season starts on July 18.