Queanbeyan young gun takes up deal with the Cowboys

Josh Chudleigh

Young players from local leagues are often scouted and looked upon by those from NRL clubs and for some, playing well and getting noticed is the start of the journey – so for Josh Chudleigh, a junior from Bungendore, the Cowboys will be his new home in 2014, after he signed a 1-year deal.

Having initially knocked a back an offer from the Canberra Raiders, Chudleigh has signed on with the North Queensland Cowboys U20’s side but does remain hopeful that with some hard work and determination, a first-grade opportunity may arise for him next year.

“It’s a big move for one year but [the Cowboys] said when they signed me that they definitely see me in their future plans,” Chudleigh said.

“I’m hoping to have a really good pre-season, hopefully play a bit of Queensland Cup and maybe even get the opportunity to play NRL next year.

“There were a couple of offers from other clubs [including the Raiders] on the table but the Cowboys just showed a lot more interest.”

For Canberra Raiders fans, the name might ring a bell, Chudleigh a part of the Raiders SG Ball side that made a charge to the grand final.

After that, however, Chudleigh decided to walk away from the game for 12 months before former Raiders player Simon Woolford – now coach of the Queanbeyan Blues – managed to convince him to come back and play rubgy league, where he enjoyed a stellar season.

“I don’t think it was a case of the Raiders letting him get away,” Woolford said.

“They offered him an opportunity but he decided it was the best thing for him to start at a new club.”

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