They are the feeder team in the Intrust Super Cup for the North Queensland Cowboys, and for the Northern Pride, they will see another one of their players progress to the Cowboys side, with Ben Spina signing a train and trial contract with the Cowboys.

Just one of 12 players to play over 50 games for the Northern Pride, Spina has won 3 Player of the Year Awards, as he joins fellow Pride product Ethan Lowe in Townsville at the Cowboys.

“I’m the type of person who doesn’t want to just be happy with where I am, I strive for higher,” said Spina.

“I’m always trying to improve myself and pushing myself to play better.

“I’ve been pretty happy with how I’ve been going, and I’m delighted to have been given an opportunity at a higher level.”

The Northern Pride, based out of Barlow Park, said that Spina moving to the Cowboys is a sign of the strong partnership between both the Pride and the Cowboys.

“No other sport or club in North Queensland can show the pathway the Pride creates for players and coaches from the region,” Sheppard said.

“This is just another example of the kind of opportunities we create for people within our great club.

“Pride youngsters are being selected b

y Queensland, our U18s made the State semi-finals this year, we have Pride boys currently in the North Queensland Cowboys U20s side, Joel Riethmuller and a number of other locals are in NRL squads, and we’ve got former NRL stars in our current Intrust Super Cup squad.

“We continually show that we’re all about creating opportunities for promising locals – and we have the evidence to back it up.

“Ben’s been one of our most consistent performers, with a workrate that’s second to none.

“He’s one of the first names on the teamsheet each week. He’s played prop this year against bigger guys, but he’ll play wherever he’s asked to play and is a real team man.”

Peter Parr, the Cowboys General Manager, said that on the back of his solid form for the last few years – Spina more than deserved a chance to play for an NRL club.

“Ben’s had an exceptional year for the Pride and we’re really looking forward to having him in our system for a couple of months,” Parr said.

“I know he’s one of the hardest trainers at the Pride, and has got a great attitude. He’s also got a great engine, and the Pride often tell me they wish they had two or three of him.

“We have a great relationship with the Pride, and we’re all about working closely with each other to create opportunities for stars of the future.”


By ricky