When a team wins a premiership, every player plays a part and although the North Queensland Cowboys success came in 2015, they were still an elite side in the NRL in 2016.
Whilst he is not a household name, Ben Hannant is a veteran of the NRL and a player that offers starch and punch from the bench for the Cowboys.
For his good form, the club opted to keep him on for one more season to maintain their same core unit ahead of the 2017 season.
Still only 31, Hannant has so far played 52 NRL games for the Cowboys – 245 NRL games in total – and the club are pleased to retain him for his experience.
His knowledge and experience are invaluable to the younger generation of forwards at the club.
“Ben’s contribution to this team over the past two seasons can never be undervalued,” said Peter Parr, the Cowboys General Manager of Football.
“In his time here, he has shown himself to be a consistent performer, he’s professional, and his experience from more than a decade playing professional rugby league at the highest level is something he has willingly passed on to our emerging forwards.”