He started at Narrabeen, moved to England, and is now in Townsville, in what is sure to be a new challenge for him, not only in regards to his new team, but also to the climate.

Hall wasted no time in getting to know and play with his new team-mates, as he fronted up to training only a few hours after he got off the plane, to meet and greet with his new team-mates.

Hall, who was left without a club after leaving Bradford was ecstatic when the Cowboys came knocking, as he is impressed with the team they have, built around a few core players.

“They’ve got a good balance of youth and experience, especially with guys like Dallas Johnson coming in to the side and guys like Ashton Sims who’s been to a few clubs and have that experience,” Hall said.

“We can instill in the younger blokes what it means to be in first grade footy week in and week out and hopefully that translates to our work on the field.”

Peter Parr, the Cowboys General Manager of Football, was there to meet Hall at the airport upon his arrival, and he was full of praise for the new signing.

“He’s played some very good football over the last three or four years, so we hope that will continue,” Parr said.

“We will now have a pack that can compete with most teams, if we can do that then with the calibre of players we have in our backline, then we think we can have a really competitive season.”

Hall’s time in England, whilst good, at least with his form, has been freezing to say the least, with the snow-storms and bad weather in England on the other side of the globe.

As he searched and searched for a team with a warmer climate, the Cowboys found him, and the second-rower is over the moon that the tireless search has ended.

“It’s a bit of a change to the minus 12 degrees I was training in not long ago,” Hall joked.

“But I’m very much looking forward to it and what a place to do it in.”

Hall is more than happy with the choice of clubs, and believes that it is the perfect place for both he and his wife Kylie to add a new addition to their family.

“We’re about to have a baby in six weeks,” he said.

“The opportunity for us to come up here and start our little family is something massive for us.”

The chance for Hall to have a leadership role at the club, as well as seeing a club that could quite possibly rise to the higher echelons of the NRL, was simply too good an opportunity for the second-rower to pass up.

“The team in the last couple of years probably hasn’t been as high up on the ladder as they would want, but they’re moving forward and with their support network up here I’m sure we can get up in the top eight.

“I’m hoping that with some of the experience I have on my shoulders I’ll be able to help the Cowboys not just over the next couple of years but in the future as well.”

By ricky

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