With continued speculation regarding his future at the club, North Queensland Cowboys prop James Tamou had to make a decision, and he has – with the NSW and Australian prop making the decision to re-sign with the Cowboys until the end of the 2016 NRL season.
With Tamou's contract ending at the end of 2013 and with several rival NRL clubs hot on his heels to secure his signature, Tamou eventually made the decision to remain in Townsville – with Cowboys General Manager of Football, Peter Parr, pointing out how far Tamou has come, to put himself among the game's best props.
â€œAfter the way he played this year, I think everyone now knows what a talented footballer James is,” said Parr.
“His 2012 season was one of the best by a front-rower in this clubâ€™s history.”
â€œNot only did he play representative football, he excelled at that level and he was among our best players week-in, week-out with his teammates recognising him with the Playersâ€™ Player of the Year Award.
â€œAt 24, his best years as a forward in the NRL are still ahead of him and our members and fans can look forward to at least his next four years being with the Cowboys.â€
Tamou, who has his birthday on Thursday, said that he was ecstatic to re-sign with the club, one that he loves and one that he feels he owes a lot to.
â€œWhen I first came to the Cowboys, I hadnâ€™t played in the NRL and now Iâ€™m playing Origin and Test footy which shows how much being here has helped my game,â€ Tamou said.
â€œI owe this club a lot and I love the area and the people here so my goal was to stay with North Queensland.
â€œI think we have a great squad and can challenge for titles next year and beyond that.â€