Brace yourself: when footy's back, it's going to be with a bang.
That's the view of Marrar coach Shane Lenon who says excitement should be sky high for a season unlike any other.
"With the calibre of players coming in this year - not just to the Farrer League but the RFL as well - I think you're going to find that the standard of both leagues is going to be at a very high level," Lenon said.
"The standard is possibly going to be at a level that's the highest it's ever been with the quality of players feeding into the competition.
"To me, that's exciting and it's going to be great to be a part of it.
"Just the fact we're playing footy is exciting but when you get these gun players ... it's great for the league."
Former Roos' triple-premiership player Zeik Johnstone is heading to Coolamon, Leeton-Whitton are opening their arms to a host of former Crows, while stars Riley Corbett (Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong) and George Kendall (Mangoplah-Cookardinia United-Eastlakes) will again feature in the Riverina League.
The Bombers have joined the party with coronavirus disruptions sending young forward Rhys Mooney and two-time premiership defender Adam Whyte back to the club.
"We've had a bit of luck because a couple of our young guns we thought we were losing we've got back because of uni (shutdowns) and they're back home," Lenon said.
"They're right to play so that's great news for us."
Mooney, who has played more than 3 first grade games at Marrar in the last three years, had headed to Canberra Demons while Whyte had joined North Albury in the Ovens and Murray League after moving south to study.
But they'll now bolster the Bombers in what's shaping as an unpredictable as well as unprecedented season.
"They've come up through our under 17s and played quite a bit of first grade. Obviously Whytey's a premiership player and defender and Rhys Mooney's played some good senior footy, he's had enough experience and with his ability, I think you'll find he'll take that next step with his football," Lenon said.
"He's super fit and ready to go so I'm expecting him to have a real good year."
The cancellation of the Hume League season could see more players make their way to AFL Riverina clubs yet.
The nine-time premiership-winning mentor says the scene is set for a thrilling eight-week shoot-out.
"It's going to be a real tough comp to win - a short season, you're going to have to be up-and-about early," Lenon said.
"We're really looking forward to it. We're lucky that we're playing - you can't take things for granted - but it's going to be exciting to be a part of it."
The Farrer League is still aiming for an eight-game season despite Barellan's withdrawal, with the draw yet to be finalised.