Despite the signings of Chad Townsend and Tom Dearden, the North Queensland Cowboys have retained key utility Scott Drinkwater.
Drinkwater, who has covered multiple positions already this season, will stay on for the 2022 and 2023 seasons.
With 34 games to his name since joining the Cowboys, Drinkwater is a player that the club is pleased to retain.
“Scott is a naturally gifted player who can do things a lot of other players can’t,” Cowboys Head of Football Micheal Luck said.
“While Scott is playing in the halves currently, he’s also proven he has the strings in his bow to play other positions.”
Luck praised the utility value that Drinkwater can provide as an asset given the fast paced nature of the game.
“With the attrition rate in the NRL this year, guys who can play multiple positions are extremely valuable,” Luck continued.
“We’re thrilled Scott has agreed to stay for two more years and we look forward to the contribution he will continue to make to our club.”
Drinkwater also drew praise from Cowboys coach Todd Payten, who highlighted his game awareness as a key attribute.
“I’ve really seen Drinky’s game grow since the season started as he’s understanding what it takes to become a five-eighth at NRL level,” he said.
“He’s quick, he can identify space, he’s skilful and he’s learning he doesn’t always need to make the big play, it’s about applying pressure to the other team through field position.
“I’m excited we have been able to retain Drinky at the Cowboys and I believe he is going to be a major asset for our club moving forward.