It took longer to confirm than expected but Paul Green will remain head coach of the North Queensland Cowboys.
Green, who became coach of the club in 2014, is set to stay on in the role until the end of the 2021 season.
The new deal will make him the longest serving coach in the Cowboys’ history.
With the deal done, Green is relieved to have his future sorted.
“I am very happy to have my future sorted and even happier my future is with the Cowboys,” he said.
“My family is really settled here, my wife hails from the region and we are all really pleased to be able to continue to be part of the North Queensland community.
“I am extremely blessed to be able to work with such a talented and committed playing group and look forward to continuing to help our players realise their full potential.”
Green praised the new talents coming through, the upcoming stadium shift and the direction of the club.
“The future looks very bright for our club as we usher in the next generation of talent and prepare for a move to our new home stadium from 2020,” continued the Cowboys coach.
“There is no question it is an extremely exciting time to be part of the Cowboys as we charge ahead into a new era.”
Green currently boasts the best record as Cowboys coach with 69 wins from 116 games at 59.5%.
Guiding the side to a maiden premiership in 2015, Green drew praise from Cowboys Chairman Lawrence Lancini.
“He has become an integral part of the history of this club, guiding us to a maiden premiership in 2015 and a grand final berth against all odds last year,” said Lancini.
“Finalising this deal is what we have all been working towards and it has always been the intention of both parties for Paul to continue being the head coach of this club.
“The entire negotiation between the club, Paul and his management was conducted in good faith and we were always confident a deal would be struck.”