ALBURY Thunder could have up to seven players in next weekend’s Group 9 All-Stars clash against the Indigenous All Stars at Greenfield Park on Saturday, March 16.
With coach Josh Cale, Lou Goodwin and Mitch Davis already selected in the group’s side, selectors are set to name Ben Jeffery, Dion Belford-Laulu, Willie Heta and Matt Rose in the Indigenous team in coming days.
Cale declared the clash a vital part of his team’s preparation.
“We are lucky to have a big crew playing,” Cale said.
“Obviously the better the opposition, the better you have to play.
“It will be good to look at other recruits as well to see how they go.”
The clash shapes as a boon for Border league fans with Southcity speedster Shaun Ainscough to play for the Group 9 All Stars along with Bulls’ teammates Scott Bowden, Mitch Curran, Tim Hurst, Tim Jones and Jordan Shepherd.
Ainscough, who recently arrived in Wagga from London, shapes as the recruit of the season after showing glimpses of brilliance in the West Wyalong knockout last weekend.
Players from eight of the nine Group 9 clubs make up the team.
New Junee coach Jade Williams is expected to go on show for the Indigenous All-Stars.
Greenfield Park consistently attracted bigger crowds than Wagga matches last year and Rose expects strong support for the clash.
“Both sides are going to be really strong.”