Hegarty haven taken the field for over 167 NRL games, including 3 Origin matches for Queensland and 3 Kangaroos Jerseys there is no questioning the experience and ability of the firey outside back.
The Cowboys will no doubt be hoping a fresh environment can re-ignite Hegarty, returning him to the form of seasons gone by where he was up there with the most damaging speedsters.
While Hegarty has struggled for form and fitness in recent seasons, the presence of Billy Johnstone at North Queensland could prove a major factor in getting Hegarty back to his best. While never quite reaching lofty heights at the Rabbitohs, his ability was proven beyond doubt at the Roosters; earning the player Origin and Kangaroos spots.
Having grown up in Cowboys territory – the move is a well suited one to Hegarty who played the junior grades up North. He also has an existing association with new coach Neil Henry who played a big part in his early development.
Hegarty also confirmed the ability of fitness coach Billy Johnstone, who he worked with on a Kangaroo tour, also helped lure him to the Cowboys lair.
Chief executive Peter Parr was pleased to have secured Hegarty for the 2009 line-up.
“A player of Shannonâ€™s experience and ability will be a valuable asset to the club,” Parr says.
The Cowboys having secured a new coach and several new faces for 2009 will be hoping for much improved results after missing the Top 8 last year.