Retaining players after winning a premiership is no easy feat as some teams have found out, but a further two players from the North Queensland Cowboys have opted to stay with the club.
Back-rower Ethan Lowe and centre Justin O’Neill have re-signed until the end of 2018 season, that keeps the majority of the Cowboys premiership winning side together moving forward.
On the back of other re-signings, coach Paul Green commented on how good it is to have retained the duo.
â€œItâ€™s a huge boost to be able to sign both those guys, who are probably just about coming into the prime of their careers,â€ head coach Paul Green of the signings.
â€œItâ€™s really good news for the club.â€
In his second season with the Cowboys, O’Neill has found his groove and his mojo. Although he had a tumultuous start to his club tenure, he bucked the trend and has since scored 20 tries in 40 games for the club.
â€œJuz-e to be fair probably got off to a rocky start with us,â€ Green said.
â€œHeâ€™s really knuckled down, worked hard and improved his game, and topped off this year by being selected in the State of Origin team, so Iâ€™m really pleased for him. Heâ€™s worked hard for everything heâ€™s got.â€
An under-rated player of the Cowboys system is Ethan Lowe, who came through the ranks at the Northern Pride. Rated by the fans as a solid back-rower, he also drew praise from Green.
“Lowey, heâ€™s developing along nicely. Heâ€™s been in our system for quite a while. He has come through our Intrust Super Cup club, the Northern Pride,â€ he said.