BEFORE the coronavirus pandemic hit, Leeton United was looking forward to unveiling two top-notch recruits to its side.
Now that the season is finally preparing to get underway from next weekend, United can reveal talented brothers - Fred and Henri Gardner - will be wearing the Leeton colours in 2020.
The pair are based in Wagga, having played for several teams there over the years, but were believed to be looking for a change.
The brothers are friends with several of Leeton's players and decided to give playing for United a go this season.
Leeton United isn't paying the pair to pull on the boots for them.
First grade coach Frank Alampi said they would be a very handy inclusion for Leeton.
"They are certainly excellent players, everyone knows that," he said.
"They've said they like the way we play and wanted to give it a try here with us.
"Both of them have an excellent ability to score goals."
Alampi said the pair were under no illusions when coming across to Leeton, saying first grade selection had to be earned by every single player in the squad each week.
"Having them in the side will also push everyone else along I think to be performing at their best," he said.
Leeton United will be holding an inter-club trial match this weekend as they prepare for the season to finally get underway.
The side has been busy putting in the hard work since restrictions eased and a return to training was allowed.
The first grade Football Wagga competition has also been bolstered with the inclusion of Albury City Football Club to the competition.
It comes after the Albury-Wodonga Football Association pulled the pin on their season. Football Wagga president Tony Dobbin said they gave the request the green light after favourable feedback from most clubs.