Justin O'Neill

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.

“It’s a huge boost to be able to sign both those guys, who are probably just about coming into the prime of their careers,” head coach Paul Green of the signings.

“It’s really good news for the club.”

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.

“Juz-e to be fair probably got off to a rocky start with us,” Green said.

“He’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 I’m really pleased for him. He’s worked hard for everything he’s got.”

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, he’s developing along nicely. He’s been in our system for quite a while. He has come through our Intrust Super Cup club, the Northern Pride,” he said.

Ethan Lowe

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