In 2015, it appeared that he was finally on the rise and destined for higher honours. Shaun Fensom was a mainstay of the side and involved in everything. However, 2016 was a year to forget for the workhorse as he fell out of favour quickly at the Canberra Raiders, ending up in the NSW Cup.
As a result, the Canberra Raiders have released him from the final year of his contract and wished him the best at his new club, the North Queensland Cowboys.
A Raiders junior, Fensom won the 2008 Holden Cup with the club and went on to forge a successful career as a result.
In the end, he just fell out of favour and that has led to a 2-year deal with the Townsville-based club.
Interestingly, Fensom will play against his former side in Rd 1 if he is selected in the Cowboys side., with the club excited to have the 139-gamer at their club.
“He’s a very good player and also very experienced,” said the Cowboys General Manager of Football, Peter Parr.
“With the loss last year of James Tamou and Ben Hannant, we have lost a bit of experience, so he ticks a couple of boxes there.
“He has come to us late in the piece and we were well-prepared to go with the squad we had put in place this season.
With the need for forward depth, the signing of Fensom comes at a good time for the Cowboys.
“But we were clear that if an opportunity arose to sign a quality player, then we would pursue that, and Shaun Fensom is a quality player,” added Parr.
“He plays in a position where we think we need to add some depth.”