Originally a junior with Brothers in Townsville, Justin O’Neill will return to the city where it all began after signing a 2-year deal with the North Queensland Cowboys.
Playing most of his career at the Melbourne Storm so far, the premiership-winning utility back will provide the Cowboys back-line with a much needed boost.
It was back in 2010 when O’Neill made his debut for the Storm, playing in 67 NRL games during that time and scoring 34 tries.
O’Neill will have some players he knows at the club already, having played with Matthew Wright and Cameron King in the 2010 Junior Kangaroos squad.
For the club, they are excited to bring one of their own back and look forward to his impact in 2015 and beyond.
â€œItâ€™s really pleasing for us to be able to bring Justin back to North Queensland to continue his NRL career,â€ Cowboys general manager â€“ football Peter Parr said.
â€œHeâ€™s only a young man but heâ€™s had plenty of first grade experience and should have the best years of his career still to come.
â€œIâ€™m sure our members and fans are going to enjoy having him as part of our club.â€
O’Neill, who came up through the Storm U20’s ranks, will be missed by the club and they wish him farewell.
â€œOn behalf of everyone at Storm, Iâ€™d like to thank Justin for his contribution to the Club,” said Storm CEO, Mark Evans.
â€œJustin was an Under-20â€™s graduate who went on to become a Premiership-winning winger in 2012 and he will always be welcome at Storm.
â€œWe wish him and his partner well for the future.â€