Brett Morris's Mad Monday was made a little sweeter, with the St George Illawarra speedster a step closer to being a part of Australia's vengeance-seeking World Cup bid.
The 27-year-old was one of 18 players named in a Kangaroos train-on squad after those World Cup aspirants finished their 2013 club commitments at the weekend.
Seven Gold Coast Titans players - including impressive halves Albert Kelly and Aidan Sezer - dominate the train-on squad, which will form the basis for the Prime Minister's XIII team to take on Papua New Guinea later this month.
"It's a huge honour to be named in the Kangaroos train-squad once again as I love playing for my country," Morris said.
"Hopefully I'm able to do enough throughout the month training to be selected into the travelling team that competes at the World Cup."
Morris was the only Dragons star included in the squad after touring party bolters Josh Dugan and Trent Merrin were injured for the last month of the season.
Three Dragons players - Craig Garvey, Charly Runciman and Kayne Brennan - were included in the Junior Kangaroos train-on squad before their clash with the Junior Kiwis at Kogarah next month.
Both Garvey and Runciman made their NRL debuts this year.
"It would be great if all three of us made the final-cut and were able to play together against the Kiwis on our home turf," Runciman said.
The Dragons farewelled departing heroes Nathan Fien, Michael Weyman, Matt Cooper and Matt Prior at the club's annual Mad Monday gathering yesterday.
Their final-round win over the Warriors on Saturday halted a six-game losing streak, the longest in the joint venture's history.
"Days like this are often the last time that everyone in the squad is together so it is a good opportunity to spend the time together," Morris said.
Morris' busy September will also include lending his support to the Heart Foundation's Big Heart Appeal, which will run throughout the month in NSW.
The Kiama junior said the whole squad had dedicated some time to the appeal.
"It's nice to get out into the community and meet the Dragons fans whilst also doing something good for a great cause," said Morris.
"Heart disease devastates families when it grips hold of a loved one. It affects thousands of people in NSW so I'm happy that my club is doing all that it can to raise awareness and funds."
More than 30,000 volunteers will walk the streets in September in the hope of raising $1.4 million in NSW.
"It's so important for members of the community to show how big their hearts are by supporting the Heart Foundation's Big Heart Appeal during September and help us in the fight against heart disease," Heart Foundation NSW chief executive Kerry Doyle said.