He has been involved with the club for quite some time as their coach and on the back of some solid footy over the last few years building towards something special – the North Queensland Cowboys have announced that coach Neil Henry has signed a 1-year extension until the end of 2014.
Nearing his 150th NRL match as a coach and seeking to become the first Cowboys coach to make three consecutive finals series, the club are excited to have retained his services over the next couple of years.
â€œNeil has taken this club forward considerably and we look forward to him continuing in his role beyond this season,â€ said Cowboys CEO Peter Jourdain said.
â€œHe has done a fantastic job in getting the club into the finals over the last two seasons and we are looking forward to further success this year.â€
The new deal means that Henry will be in charge of the club as head coach for 6 years, making him the third-longest serving coach in the NRL.
For Henry, this is like a home and he could not see himself coaching anywhere else, describing it as a huge honour to continue coaching the club.
My links here go back some time now and it remains a huge honour to be the coach of the Cowboys,â€ Henry said.
â€œIâ€™m pleased the club has seen fit to extend my time here and it also gives some stability to the other members of the coaching staff who have been working hard to turn North Queensland into a premiership contender.
â€œEveryone can see further success on the horizon, especially with the calibre of players in this current squad, and when that happens, Iâ€™m sure weâ€™ll start talks on a further contract extension.
â€œIn the meantime, Iâ€™ll be doing everything I can to give everyone connected with this club what they want â€“ sustained success and a title.â€