Wests co-captain Hayden Dillon has put himself one step away from realising his Kookaburras dream after being named in the Australian development squad.
Dillon was one of five players added to the side this week.
"I was pretty stoked," Dillon said.
"It came out of nowhere. My coach called me and told me to check my email."
Dillon, who debuted for NSW at last year's Australian Hockey League, attended a national junior training camp in February.
"There were rumours floating around then about looking to add to that [development] squad, but nothing concrete," he said.
"I didn't hear anything [officially] until last week."
Dillon, who represented the country's under-21 side at the Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia last year, said exact details were unclear at this stage but possibly on the cards were games as Australia A or training with the main Kookaburras squad in Perth.
Regardless, the University of Newcastle student said it was simply good to be recognised by national selectors.
"It's another step further, another nod," Dillon said.
The midfielder, based at Tumbi Umbi on the Central Coast, splits his weekends playing between Sydney and Newcastle.
There are no Hunter Coast Premier Hockey League matches this Sunday or next with men's competition resuming after Easter.
Meanwhile, the Newcastle District Women's Hockey Association premier league continues with three third-round fixtures on the Central Coast on Saturday.
Gosford, The Entrance and Erina-Avoca Beach are at home to Oxfords, Regals and Central respectively.
Tigers and Souths are scheduled to play at Newcastle International Hockey Centre on Monday night.