Yasmin Meakes has achieved her 2020 goal of cracking NRLW, but now she wants to try to seal a starting spot for next weekend's opening round.
Meakes continued a successful code switch from Australian rugby sevens to league this year when named in the Sydney Roosters squad on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old Novocastrian said it was an "exciting" prospect to be part of the competition's third edition and feels she can make an impact.
"One of my goals when I started playing rugby league this year was to make an NRLW squad," Meakes told the Newcastle Herald.
One of my goals when I started playing rugby league this year was to make an NRLW squad.YASMIN MEAKES
"Looking forward now I want to lock in a starting position somewhere in the outside backs or wherever the coach sees fit."
Previously from Cardiff South, the high school PE teacher lives in Scone with fiance and former NRL hooker Adam Clydsdale.
While their wedding has been put back 12 months until next October and with Group 21 cancelled this season, Thoroughbreds captain-coach and 2018 Newcastle RL player of the year Clydsdale has been able to pass on a few tips.
"He's been able to help me a lot," she said.
"Especially when I was transitioning to the wing we went down to the local park and he kicked bombs so I could practice taking them."
Meakes joined the Central Coast Roosters for this year's NSW Women's Premiership campaign, which culminates with a decider on Sunday.
"We've got a lot of experience which I think can help us in big games," she said.
"Just how to cope with that pressure and deal with key moments."
Many of her Central Coast teammates and opponents from the North Sydney Bears will go head-to-head in the grand final at Bankwest Stadium before "regrouping" together at the Sydney Roosters for NRLW next week.
Meakes will also be joined at the Roosters by some familiar rugby union faces with Olympic gold medalist Charlotte Caslick and Wallaroos captain Grace Hamilton, who led Australia in a Test against Japan in Newcastle last year, switching to NRLW in 2020.
Central Coast captain Isabelle Kelly, part of CRL Newcastle's state title last year and the inaugural women's Golden Boot recipient, was announced in the Dragons squad on Thursday after two NRLW seasons with the Roosters.
The Brisbane Broncos named prolific Central Coast try scorer Jayme Fressard as a new recruit earlier this week.
Former CRL Newcastle playmaker and Jillaroos representative Simone Smith recently joined the New Zealand Warriors from the Roosters.
Belmont's Caitlan Johnston, who debuted with the Roosters in 2019, remains un-signed at this stage.
NRLW matches will be played as triple-headers alongside the men's finals with 90-minute gaps between games to ensure the competition can be played in the COVID-safe bubble.
There are three Saturday timeslots before a grand final on October 25.