The kid is back; wiser, more experienced and ready to make an impact when called upon, with Jake Clifford re-joining the North Queensland Cowboys for 2024.
A local junior from the Tully region, Clifford made his way through the Cowboys academy system and NYC side.
Clifford play in 42 NRL games for the Cowboys since his debut for the club before adding to that following a tenure with the Newcastle Knights.
Clifford has most recently been playing in the Super League with Hull FC.
In good form in England, the Cowboys knew they had to add some utility back depth with the departure of Ben Hampton.
“With Ben Hampton leaving our squad in 2024 we were searching for a half with NRL experience who could back-up Chad Townsend and Tom Dearden as well as help to mentor Tom Duffy,” Cowboys General Manager of Football Micheal Luck said.
“It came to our attention Jake potentially had an interest in coming back to the NRL.
“We had some discussions with Jake and his agent and we were thrilled to be able to come to terms in quick time.”
The Cowboys know that Clifford is a good cultural fit for the club and are excited to see him challenge for spots.
“He was playing some of the best football of his career under Todd before he left in 2021 and we’re excited about what he can bring to our squad in terms of experience and competition for spots,” Luck continued.
“We also know he is a great cultural fit and it’s always a bonus to be able to bring a North Queensland boy home.”