One of the state's top touch football coaches will pull on the boots and represent Wollongong at this weekend's State Cup.
Newcastle Knights open men's head coach Joel Willoughby - who is married to Olympian and Bulli super mum Nicole Beck - will headline the Wollongong Devils men's division one team.
The NSW Touch competition kicks off in Port Macquarie on Friday and concludes with the finals on Sunday.
Wollongong Touch Football vice-president and Devils player Tim Robinson said Willoughby's team had a "genuine chance" of winning the title.
"It's a really good side coached by Joel Willoughby," he said.
"Joel's coming out of retirement to have a go. He hasn't actually played since steering our premier league side to State Cup victory in 20212.
"We've also got the likes of Sam Clune, who has won a title with the Thirroul Butchers and played a lot in the Illawarra rugby league competition. He's also been around the touch circuit for a long time. You also have old staples like myself, Steve Sopher and Jared Constable."
The Devils men's premier league team will also to make a strong impression at the State Cup.
The side is full of confidence after winning the Country Championships title last month, knocking off favourite Doyalson in the final. Wollongong also reached the quarter finals in the recent Vawdon Cup.
"They've trained extremely well and I think they got seeded fifth coming into this tournament," Robinson said.
"They've got a pretty nice draw, you'd expect them to be there on finals day. From there, it's game on. There's definitely quality sides, but they've got the capability of winning the title.
"We haven't won a [State Cup] premier league title since 2012 so it would be huge if we could do it."
In total, the Devils will send five teams to the State Cup. Wollongong will have a second open men's team, likely to play in division two, and will field sides in the open women's and women's over-30s grades.
"It's the first time we can recall in Devils' history that we have had five teams at the State Cup. It's a record for our club which is great," Robinson said.
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