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2020 Recruitment and Retention thread

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Any rumours or thoughts about who we might be chasing/promoting to fill the last squad position now that Te Marie has retired?
I reckon we'll keep it open and wait for the right player to come along, could even promote a feeder club standout. Doesn't have to be finalised until June 30th.
 

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I reckon we'll keep it open and wait for the right player to come along, could even promote a feeder club standout. Doesn't have to be finalised until June 30th.
Do we still have some cap space to play with too???

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Cowboys believe star prop Jordan McLean will sign a new contract

North Queensland are confident of tying up Kangaroos prop Jordan McLean following revelations the Cowboys’ vice-captain is a free agent for 2021.

The Sunday Mail can reveal McLean is free to leave Townsville at the end of the year due to a clause in his contract.

McLean has until Round 1 of the upcoming NRL season to activate or reject a two-year option to remain at North Queensland.

If McLean opts to stay at the Cowboys, he will be tied to the club until the end of the 2022 season.

But if he chooses to reject the option he will be free to sign with a rival NRL club from next year, making him one of the game’s hottest free agents.

Cowboys football boss Peter Parr said the club was confident McLean would choose to remain at North Queensland.

“We’re confident he’s going to stay,” he said. “He has an option in his favour and he has to decide before the first round.

“He will tell us whether he’s taking the option up for the two years or he’s not taking it up.”

McLean, 28, arrived at the Cowboys from Melbourne ahead of the 2018 season as one of the NRL’s premier props.

He played eight Tests for the Kangaroos in 2017-18, but his debut season for the Cowboys was marred by a serious foot injury which limited him to 10 NRL appearances.
McLean bounced back last year, playing all but two of North Queensland’s 24 matches after being named Michael Morgan’s vice-captain.

The 118kg front rower will play an integral role in North Queensland’s engine room this year following the retirement of Cowboys stalwarts Matt Scott and Scott Bolton.

Parr said the Cowboys were hoping McLean could help lead them out of the NRL cellar in 2020 following finishes of 13th and 14th in the past two seasons.

“He had some disruptions in the first year but his second year was good, he got our players’ player award and played nearly all the games,” Parr said.

“We believe his leadership has developed nicely over the last 12 months.

“One of the reasons we agreed to the deal we did was because we thought he could not only take over from Matt Scott but also help fill the leadership void Matt’s retirement would bring.

“He’s coming to an age where most front rowers play their best football. He’s developed into a really good leader for us and we expect him to even get better in that area.”

 

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Cowboys believe star prop Jordan McLean will sign a new contract

North Queensland are confident of tying up Kangaroos prop Jordan McLean following revelations the Cowboys’ vice-captain is a free agent for 2021.

The Sunday Mail can reveal McLean is free to leave Townsville at the end of the year due to a clause in his contract.

McLean has until Round 1 of the upcoming NRL season to activate or reject a two-year option to remain at North Queensland.

If McLean opts to stay at the Cowboys, he will be tied to the club until the end of the 2022 season.

But if he chooses to reject the option he will be free to sign with a rival NRL club from next year, making him one of the game’s hottest free agents.

Cowboys football boss Peter Parr said the club was confident McLean would choose to remain at North Queensland.

“We’re confident he’s going to stay,” he said. “He has an option in his favour and he has to decide before the first round.

“He will tell us whether he’s taking the option up for the two years or he’s not taking it up.”

McLean, 28, arrived at the Cowboys from Melbourne ahead of the 2018 season as one of the NRL’s premier props.

He played eight Tests for the Kangaroos in 2017-18, but his debut season for the Cowboys was marred by a serious foot injury which limited him to 10 NRL appearances.
McLean bounced back last year, playing all but two of North Queensland’s 24 matches after being named Michael Morgan’s vice-captain.

The 118kg front rower will play an integral role in North Queensland’s engine room this year following the retirement of Cowboys stalwarts Matt Scott and Scott Bolton.

Parr said the Cowboys were hoping McLean could help lead them out of the NRL cellar in 2020 following finishes of 13th and 14th in the past two seasons.

“He had some disruptions in the first year but his second year was good, he got our players’ player award and played nearly all the games,” Parr said.

“We believe his leadership has developed nicely over the last 12 months.

“One of the reasons we agreed to the deal we did was because we thought he could not only take over from Matt Scott but also help fill the leadership void Matt’s retirement would bring.

“He’s coming to an age where most front rowers play their best football. He’s developed into a really good leader for us and we expect him to even get better in that area.”

Best defensive Prop in the game. Hope he stays on!
 

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Well sounds like Maclean is the man at the club. He’ll probably take our first hit up of the season.

New stadium. New territory-our boys will get up for the 1st game at least, how will the opposition play when they come to QCBS? Want to spoil the party? Will the new stadium make it harder or easier for the boys-better or worse home record?
 

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MacLean is an underwhelming player. Injury prone and seems to be missing at key moments. When you have been spoiled by the likes of Rauhihi, Scott and Taumalolo over the years he is a real step down when it comes to the title of 'forward leader'.

However, I would love to see him fulfill his potential with a much better showing this year, but will be cautious in my expectations.

The club seems to adore him though so he is he to stay.
 

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Doesn’t being player's player say something of his character.
How is that voted on?
 

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I don't think he was ever seriously coming here but probably dodged a bullet with Curtis Scott based on today's reports
 

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I don't think he was ever seriously coming here but probably dodged a bullet with Curtis Scott based on today's reports
12 months ago Australia Day burnt our season...........

star new signing......

Releasing incumbent........ Sounds all too familiar

January 26th is becoming worse than "Mad Monday"

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Yeah - some guys (NRL players in particular) just can't handle Australia Day - Scott, Barba, Carney, Mitchell 'woof woof' Pearce.
Perhaps clubs should just train through.
 

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That’s a big blow for the Raiders. They were setting up nicely with Scott’s inclusion.
 

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Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes the bear eats you.
Hmmm, reminds me of an article I read this morning. It seems to be the problem that China has with its epidemics. SARS, Corona and allegedly MERS and Avian Flu et al all came about from eating wild animals.
 
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How key recruits can revive Cowboys' attacking firepower
Joel Gould NRL.com
Tue 28 Jan 2020, 09:00 AM

The strategic recruitment of strike weapons Valentine Holmes and Esan Marsters in the outside backs has the Cowboys on track to regain their attacking mojo.

In 2019 the Cowboys scored just 378 points, the third-fewest in the league and the club's worst output in a 24-round competition since 1998.

That followed on from 2018 where they scored just 449 points, a marked downturn since the 2014-2016 seasons where the Cowboys scored 584 points or more on each occasion.

The retirement of Johnathan Thurston at the end of 2018 left a gaping hole in the club's creative capabilities but last year just about everything that could go wrong for the Cowboys did from an attacking point of view.

Ben Barba was sacked before a ball was kicked and Nene Macdonald played just five matches before he was shown the door.

Winger Kyle Feldt, the club's leading try scorer for the past four seasons, missed the first eight rounds with injury.

Te Maire Martin sadly suffered a bleed on the brain and played just seven games before being forced into retirement last month. Former Australian representative Justin O'Neill, who scored eight tries in eight games last year, ruptured his spleen in round 11 at Canberra and was absent for the rest of the year.

That's what went wrong but a lot has gone right on the recruitment front since.

First up the Cowboys made the mid-season recruitment of Melbourne's Scott Drinkwater who has since had a full pre-season with the club. The addition of Maroons and Kangaroos flyer Holmes and former Tigers centre Marsters was all part of coach Paul Green's masterplan to reignite the attack.

"Last year there was a fair bit of strike that we lost and it was certainly an area that we had to strengthen up. [The recruitment] was certainly deliberate," Green told NRL.com.

"A lot of our creative-type players we just didn't have on the paddock anywhere near enough so last year we had to work really hard for points and create a lot of points.

"There weren't a lot of guys who could create something out of nothing for us, which takes a lot of energy out of you when you are playing in that way."

Holmes's 66 tries in 105 NRL games for the Sharks is impressive reading enough. Add his 17 tries in 13 Tests and 12 tries in just six Origin games and it paints the picture of a player who can have a similar impact to club legend Matt Bowen at the back.

His transition from NFL-style training with the New York Jets to NRL preparation with the Cowboys has progressed seamlessly.

"Regardless of what position Valentine played he had scored high teens or 20 tries a year and you don't fluke that consistently," Green said.

"He has scored regularly at Origin level and has scored a hat-trick for Queensland and not too many players can say they have done that.

"He is a high-quality player in a position we needed to strengthen. Our performance staff did a really good job of transitioning him into the training we were doing.

"We got him a few weeks before Christmas and he had to adapt to the heat after coming from a cold winter in New York but he's done really well."

Marsters has also impressed Green in his first pre-season at the club.

"I knew he was a good player in attack and in particular can get you some second phase happening with a very good offload but he also has good feet, both ways, so again he makes us a bit more dangerous on the edges."

Green acknowledged Drinkwater's "attacking spark" and he will give the coach strike in the halves and options at the back when Holmes is out of action during the Origin period.

O'Neill's return will be virtually like a new signing and with Feldt a strong chance of making his Maroons debut this year the backline has a lot more threat about it.

If all goes to plan captain Michael Morgan, who also missed most of July last year with concussion, will have more creative players around him and will shoulder less of the burden to create attacking opportunities.

The Cowboys have also recruited 21-year-old centre/fullback Connolly Lemuelu from the Bulldogs. Lemuelu scored eight tries as well as averaging two tackle breaks, two offloads and 127 metres in 21 games for the Bulldogs' Canterbury Cup side last year.

Another outside back of real promise in the Cowboys top squad is 18-year-old Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, a Cairns junior that attended Kirwan State High last year.

Tabuai-Fidow scored 13 tries in just six Mal Meninga Cup games for the Townsville Blackhawks last season.

https://www.nrl.com/news/2020/01/28/how-key-recruits-can-revive-cowboys-attacking-firepower/
 

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How key recruits can revive Cowboys' attacking firepower
Joel Gould NRL.com
Tue 28 Jan 2020, 09:00 AM

The strategic recruitment of strike weapons Valentine Holmes and Esan Marsters in the outside backs has the Cowboys on track to regain their attacking mojo.

In 2019 the Cowboys scored just 378 points, the third-fewest in the league and the club's worst output in a 24-round competition since 1998.

That followed on from 2018 where they scored just 449 points, a marked downturn since the 2014-2016 seasons where the Cowboys scored 584 points or more on each occasion.

The retirement of Johnathan Thurston at the end of 2018 left a gaping hole in the club's creative capabilities but last year just about everything that could go wrong for the Cowboys did from an attacking point of view.

Ben Barba was sacked before a ball was kicked and Nene Macdonald played just five matches before he was shown the door.

Winger Kyle Feldt, the club's leading try scorer for the past four seasons, missed the first eight rounds with injury.

Te Maire Martin sadly suffered a bleed on the brain and played just seven games before being forced into retirement last month. Former Australian representative Justin O'Neill, who scored eight tries in eight games last year, ruptured his spleen in round 11 at Canberra and was absent for the rest of the year.

That's what went wrong but a lot has gone right on the recruitment front since.

First up the Cowboys made the mid-season recruitment of Melbourne's Scott Drinkwater who has since had a full pre-season with the club. The addition of Maroons and Kangaroos flyer Holmes and former Tigers centre Marsters was all part of coach Paul Green's masterplan to reignite the attack.

"Last year there was a fair bit of strike that we lost and it was certainly an area that we had to strengthen up. [The recruitment] was certainly deliberate," Green told NRL.com.

"A lot of our creative-type players we just didn't have on the paddock anywhere near enough so last year we had to work really hard for points and create a lot of points.

"There weren't a lot of guys who could create something out of nothing for us, which takes a lot of energy out of you when you are playing in that way."

Holmes's 66 tries in 105 NRL games for the Sharks is impressive reading enough. Add his 17 tries in 13 Tests and 12 tries in just six Origin games and it paints the picture of a player who can have a similar impact to club legend Matt Bowen at the back.

His transition from NFL-style training with the New York Jets to NRL preparation with the Cowboys has progressed seamlessly.

"Regardless of what position Valentine played he had scored high teens or 20 tries a year and you don't fluke that consistently," Green said.

"He has scored regularly at Origin level and has scored a hat-trick for Queensland and not too many players can say they have done that.

"He is a high-quality player in a position we needed to strengthen. Our performance staff did a really good job of transitioning him into the training we were doing.

"We got him a few weeks before Christmas and he had to adapt to the heat after coming from a cold winter in New York but he's done really well."

Marsters has also impressed Green in his first pre-season at the club.

"I knew he was a good player in attack and in particular can get you some second phase happening with a very good offload but he also has good feet, both ways, so again he makes us a bit more dangerous on the edges."

Green acknowledged Drinkwater's "attacking spark" and he will give the coach strike in the halves and options at the back when Holmes is out of action during the Origin period.

O'Neill's return will be virtually like a new signing and with Feldt a strong chance of making his Maroons debut this year the backline has a lot more threat about it.

If all goes to plan captain Michael Morgan, who also missed most of July last year with concussion, will have more creative players around him and will shoulder less of the burden to create attacking opportunities.

The Cowboys have also recruited 21-year-old centre/fullback Connolly Lemuelu from the Bulldogs. Lemuelu scored eight tries as well as averaging two tackle breaks, two offloads and 127 metres in 21 games for the Bulldogs' Canterbury Cup side last year.

Another outside back of real promise in the Cowboys top squad is 18-year-old Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, a Cairns junior that attended Kirwan State High last year.

Tabuai-Fidow scored 13 tries in just six Mal Meninga Cup games for the Townsville Blackhawks last season.

https://www.nrl.com/news/2020/01/28/how-key-recruits-can-revive-cowboys-attacking-firepower/
I read, Drinky getting the nod for the other half position. However, I don't know why they would move him to fullback to cover for Holmes. Sure, Cliffo could take his spot but you would assume Morgo may get another SOO run so there would be two positions.
 
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