He sought an early release from the Roosters to the Cowboys, but for the former Eels and Roosters hooker Anthony Mitchell, he has no regrets about the mid-season move – as he eyes that elusive premiership ring.
North Queensland was the club that Mitchell had dreamed of playing for, early in his career – having played for the local side, Townsville Brothers.
The move proved to be a good one for Mitchell, as the Cowboys look to cement their spot in the top 4 – with the Townsville junior emerging as a useful backup for the Cowboys starting hooker in Aaron Payne.
“It has been a good move for me,” said Mitchell.
“The club is run really well here, that’s what I was after.
“The side is really good as well and I was lucky that the opportunity was there for me to come back home and cement my spot.”
Mitchell described the feeling of scoring his first try for the club, as ‘surreal’.
“I grew up in the stands watching these boys play, it feels awesome to play for the Cowboys and it was nice to get across the tryline,” he said.
“I’ve got a way to go still, but hopefully I get there.”
Although the Cowboys are in the box seat for a finals berth, as well as a potential grand final berth, Mitchell says that both he and the club are not going to get carried away, at this stage.
“That’s something exciting to look forward to,” he said of a potential Cowboys premiership.
“But at this stage we are trying to get through games and produce some good footy.
“We’ll be up against some good teams in the next few weeks, so if we can get away with some wins that’s what we are after.”