Proving he is a handy backup asset, the North Queensland Cowboys have opted to retain local junior Tom Chester, adding a one-year contract extension until the end of 2025.

Chester, who was already contracted for 2024, was born and raised in Townsville coming through the Ignatius Park nursery.

Added to the top squad in 2022, Chester would then make his NRL debut in 2023 playing in seven games when he filled in for Scott Drinkwater’s suspension.

Unfortunately, an ACL injury last campaign derailed his season but Chester is expected to resume full training after the Christmas break.

“It was a horrible way to end what was a promising season for Tom last year, but he has worked as hard as anyone in our building to come back from injury over the last six months,” Cowboys General Manager of Football Micheal Luck said.

“Tom still has a little way to go, but we know he won’t leave any stone unturned to make the best possible recovery.”

Luck also praised Chester’s versatility and said that is a trait that is liked by head coach Todd Payten.

“Tom is a terrific team man and he is a great asset for Todd (Payten) because he can play a number of positions. We believe his best spot is fullback, but we see potential for him to play in the outside backs as well,” Luck continued.

“This additional year gives Tom some surety about his future as he makes his recovery from a serious injury.”

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