Depth and rotation among any NRL side is crucial and the North Queensland Cowboys have acted swiftly to ensure they have that, re-signing veteran Glenn Hall for one more year, prop Scott Bolton for 2 more years, up-and-comer Ethan Lowe for 2 more years and exciting prospect Zac Santo for 2 years, in what his first senior contract.
Lowe, who made his first-grade debut earlier this year against the Gold Coast Titans is a player the club rates highly and retaining him not only shores up their depth stocks, but gives the talented youngster a chance to stake his claim for a first-grade spot.
For veterans Scott Bolton and Glenn Hall, both of whom are usually mainstays of the Cowboys side that plays every week, their experience will help both they and the youngsters coming on and off the field.
Santo, who is perhaps the back-line prospect to come out of the club in some time, is possibly being groomed as a replacement for the potentially departing Matt Bowen, as he along with fellow U20’s team-mate have earned a call-up to the NRL squad for pokies hard 2014.
Despite his young age, Santo has several achievements to his name already, winning the Cowboys NYC Player of the Year Award last year, he was a member of the Cowboys NYC grand final team and he has represented Queensland at Junior Origin level.
With the club making it a mission of theirs to lock up as much talent as possible, they see the retention of veterans Bolton and Hall and youngsters in Lowe and Santo as crucial for the future.
“It’s very pleasing for our club to be able to retain the experience of Scott and Glenn in our forward pack and extend the contracts of both Ethan and Zac, who have the potential to be long-term NRL players,” Cowboys general manager – football Peter Parr said.
“I think everyone has been impressed with the way Ethan and Zac have developed their games in the past couple of years and there’s no doubt their best football is ahead of them.
“Hally and Bolts are the type of no-fuss, hard-working forwards that every club needs and will continue to provide great service to the Cowboys.”