Since making his debut, Reuben Cotter impressed the North Queensland Cowboys hierarchy.
With new coach Todd Payten set to take over, Cotter will have every chance to prove his worth after re-signing for two more seasons.
Cotter has played in 15 NRL games to date for the Cowboys.
The Sarina Crocodiles junior had a tougher path to first-grade than most, suffering three ACL injuries in three years.
Ten of Cotter’s games have come this year for the club and they praised his hard work and efforts.
“Reuben has been a part of our club for a long time, coming through our academies and development pathways system, and unfortunately he had a lot of bad luck with injury,” said,” Cowboys Director of Football Peter Parr said.
“But through hard work and determination, he’s been able to overcome that and become a quality NRL player.
The competition will be on for Cotter, who will go head-to-head with fellow boom hooker Reece Robson for the position in 2021.
“We’re delighted he’s accepted a new two-year deal to stay with our club because there is no doubt he has a long-term future in the NRL,” Parr continued.
“We believe we now have two of the best young hookers in the NRL in Reuben and Reece Robson.”