With a new head coach and coaching changes initially expected once Paul Green came in, assistant under Neil Henry – one Terry Matterson – will stay on board with the club in the same role, as former NRL player Mark Henry also joins the club.
Matterson, who is currently at the Rugby League World Cup as coach of the USA Tomahawks, says there is still work to be done at the Cowboys, as they look to make amends for controversial exits from the last two NRL finals series.
Set to work alongside Paul Green as the head coach and David Furner as an assistant coach – someone he knows well from their time together at the Raiders – Matterson looks forward to what lies ahead.
â€œItâ€™s been a really exciting and rewarding few weeks and extending my contract with the Cowboys tops it off,â€ Matterson said.
â€œIt was disappointing how we finished last season so you could say there is some unfinished business there.
â€œWeâ€™ve had the opportunity to change a few things and weâ€™ll see how we go from there.”
With new coaches brings the hopes for fresh success and Matterson hopes that the new coaching staff can help deliver that to the Cowboys.
â€œItâ€™s a new era, thereâ€™s going to be a freshness about the place and Iâ€™m looking forward to it,” said Matterson.
â€œIâ€™ve really enjoyed my time at the club over the past two years and thereâ€™s an opportunity to learn some more, working with the players under a new structure.â€
Also joining the Cowboys club is former NRL player Mark Henry, who will join the club’s high performance unit as the assistant strength and conditioning coach, having previously been in the role at the Canberra Raiders.
Having played 41 games for the Cowboys over a three-year period before making a move to Salford, Henry is excited with his new role at the Cowboys.
â€œItâ€™s great to be back in Townsville with a strength and conditioning role,â€ Henry said.
â€œI loved my time here as a player and Iâ€™m excited at the opportunity to work with a fantastic NRL playing roster, including some players whom I played with at the Cowboys a few years ago.
â€œI know itâ€™s going to be an excellent opportunity for my strength and conditioning career to work with the knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff that we have in place and Iâ€™m looking forward to what the coaching staff – headed by Paul Green – can get the players to produce.â€