It is never an easy task taking over the role of the game’s best half, but for young Cowboys half Ray Thompson, he did just that – with the 22-year old taking over the halfback role at North Queensland, whilst JT moved to his preferred role of five-eighth.
Starting the year off well, Thompson has been rewarded for his good form, signing a new 3-year contract extension with the club, that will see remain in Townsville for the next 3 seasons, until the end of 2015.
The Cairns junior was one of many Cowboys stars to come through the ranks at the club, and already has a rep honour to his name – after representing Papua New Guinea in the game against the Prime Minister’s XIII.
Peter Parr, the Cowboys General Football Manager said that re-signing Thompson as part of the team’s vision of the future, was important.
â€œEveryone at the Cowboys is extremely happy with how Ray has progressed through our system to become a regular in the NRL squad,â€ Parr said.
â€œHeâ€™s worked hard and is making the most of the opportunities he has.
â€œItâ€™s always a priority for us to keep North Queenslandâ€™s best young players in North Queensland and thatâ€™s what we have done with Ray extending his contract with us for another three years.
â€œHeâ€™s a great example of what this club is all about.â€