Lachlan Coote has become the second participant to be known up by Great Britain coach Wayne Bennett.
Coote, who has British ancestry and performed at the 2016 Four Nations Series, joins Warrington stand-off Blake Austin in a 29-strong performance squad to prepare for the excursion to Papua New Guinea and New Zealand.
Coote’s Saints team-mate Morgan Knowles, who played for Wales is one of five brand new faces but winger Regan Grace, his team-mate for club and country, isn’t among them.
Instead Bennett has predicted the Major try-scorer at Super League in 2019, Leeds Rhinos winger Ash Handley up.
“As we’ve said since the yield of the Great Britain team was declared at the start of the calendar year, we have considered everyone who is eligible and places themselves forward,” Bennett explained.
“As well as this functionality squad of players located in England and France, we have got another group of players located from the NRL to think about – and there is still time to others that are eligible to impress and force their way in.”
The newcomers are Salford Red Devils rower Josh Jones, and Warrington Wolves forward Joe Philbin, who played at the World Cup. St Helens forward Matty Lees could have been a new face but for harm.
Also ruled out by injury are Castleford half-back Luke Gale while Warrington next rower Ben Currie was made out to let him have a complete and Wakefield winger Tom Johnstone.
The group will meet for the very first time in Leeds to start the preparations. Coaching will begin in October during the Super League play-off series.
The squad is forecast to be captained by England and Wigan skipper Sean O’Loughlin, who is set to come back prior to the end of the domestic season from a injury.
He and St Helens hooker James Roby would be the players in the Super squad to get represented Great Britain in the past.
The group was picked by a panel that also contained three more Lions vacationers and Danny Ward, group supervisor Jamie Peacock and coaches Ian Watson in Paul Anderson, Paul Sculthorpe and Paul Wellens.
The final 24-man squad will be announced on October 12 within two days of the Grand Final. The Lions’ first game will be at Hamilton on Saturday.
Great Britan elite performance team: Jake Trueman, Liam Watts (equally Castleford), Sam Tomkins (Catalans Dragons), Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield), Jake Connor, Jamie Shaul, Scott Taylor (all of Hull FC), Ash Handley, Stevie Ward (both Leeds), Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson, Mark Percival, J Roby, Luke Thompson, Alex Walmsley, Morgan Knowles, Lachlan Coote (all St Helens), Jack Jones (Salford), Reece Lyne (Wakefield), Blake Austin, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford (all of Warrington), Oliver Gildart, Sean O’Loughlin, George Williams (all Wigan)

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