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The North Queensland Cowboys are an Australian rugby league football club reigning from Townsville, Queensland. They compete in Australasia's elite rugby league competition, the NRL (National Rugby League) premiership. The Cowboys were admitted to the premiership for the 1995 ARL season and played in the Super League competition in 1997 before continuing to compete in the current National Rugby League competition since 1998.

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Thurston returns to Cowboys training - NRL.COM

Thurston returns to Cowboys training

North Queensland star Johnathan Thurston is set to return to Cowboys training after shoulder surgery. Credit: Robb Cox. Copyright: NRL Photos.

Johnathan Thurston returns to Cowboys training on Wednesday morning for testing as he targets his much-anticipated return in 2018.

The 34-year-old North Queensland co-captain underwent shoulder surgery after bravely guiding Queensland to victory in Origin II on June 21 despite playing under duress, in what was the last game he played in 2017.

Cowboys coach Paul Green told NRL.com that Thurston’s rehabilitation had been on track before the club’s post-season break and he had wanted to return early to pre-season training.

“JT had to have some days off through that (rehabilitation) period so he wanted to start a bit earlier,” Green said.

“He’ll have testing to see where he is at and what he can and can’t do, but he was tracking really well...


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Thurston back at Cowboys training - NRL.COM

Johnathan Thurston has returned to training for the 2018 pre-season, and the North Queensland Cowboys co-captain is wasting no time getting back into it after so much time out of the game. 

It comes after a season-ending shoulder injury the playmaker sustained in State of Origin II, which forced him to miss the Cowboys' charge to the grand final where they were beaten by the Melbourne Storm. 

"It's nice to be back, that's for sure, I had a busy off-season so it's good to be back around the boys and I've got four weeks of hard work now before Christmas," Thurston said. 

"It's been a busy break, obviously with the shoulder as well I was doing a lot of travelling as well so it's nice now that the shoulder is just about fully healed, I've got full range in it and it's just about getting strength back into it and I can do that… over the next four weeks." 

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One word from Green inspired Anderson - NRL.COM

One word from Green inspired Anderson

North Queensland Cowboys recruit Carlin Anderson could be Lachlan Coote's fullback understudy. Credit: Cowboys Media. Copyright: Cowboys Media.

North Queensland Cowboys recruit Carlin Anderson revealed it took just one word from coach Paul Green to make him believe he could be an NRL player.

The 22-year-old fullback is coming off a stellar season with Townsville Blackhawks in the Intrust Super Cup after the Cowboys had announced he would link with the club from 2018 on a two-year deal. 

He has started pre-season training with the belief he can make it in the big time, as opposed to wondering if he belongs.

"The thing that gave me a lot of confidence was when Greeny was asked in a press conference where he saw me as a player and he said 'fullback'," Anderson told NRL.com.

"I never knew if I'd be good enough to play fullback in the NRL.

"I thought he might have said wing, but coming...


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Thurston back at Cowboys training - NRL.COM

Johnathan Thurston has returned to training for the 2018 pre-season, and the North Queensland Cowboys co-captain is wasting no time getting back into it after so much time out of the game. 

It comes after a season-ending shoulder injury the playmaker sustained in State of Origin II, which forced him to miss the Cowboys' charge to the grand final where they were beaten by the Melbourne Storm. 

"It's nice to be back, that's for sure, I had a busy off-season so it's good to be back around the boys and I've got four weeks of hard work now before Christmas," Thurston said. 

"It's been a busy break, obviously with the shoulder as well I was doing a lot of travelling as well so it's nice now that the shoulder is just about fully healed, I've got full range in it and it's just about getting strength back into it and I can do that… over the next four weeks." 

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Thurston back at Cowboys training - NRL.COM

Johnathan Thurston has returned to training for the 2018 pre-season, and the North Queensland Cowboys co-captain is wasting no time getting back into it after so much time out of the game. 

It comes after a season-ending shoulder injury the playmaker sustained in State of Origin II, which forced him to miss the Cowboys' charge to the grand final where they were beaten by the Melbourne Storm. 

"It's nice to be back, that's for sure, I had a busy off-season so it's good to be back around the boys and I've got four weeks of hard work now before Christmas," Thurston said. 

"It's been a busy break, obviously with the shoulder as well I was doing a lot of travelling as well so it's nice now that the shoulder is just about fully healed, I've got full range in it and it's just about getting strength back into it and I can do that… over the next four weeks." 

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One word from Green inspired Anderson - NRL.COM

One word from Green inspired Anderson

North Queensland Cowboys recruit Carlin Anderson could be Lachlan Coote's fullback understudy. Credit: Cowboys Media. Copyright: Cowboys Media.

North Queensland Cowboys recruit Carlin Anderson revealed it took just one word from coach Paul Green to make him believe he could be an NRL player.

The 22-year-old fullback is coming off a stellar season with Townsville Blackhawks in the Intrust Super Cup after the Cowboys had announced he would link with the club from 2018 on a two-year deal. 

He has started pre-season training with the belief he can make it in the big time, as opposed to wondering if he belongs.

"The thing that gave me a lot of confidence was when Greeny was asked in a press conference where he saw me as a player and he said 'fullback'," Anderson told NRL.com.

"I never knew if I'd be good enough to play fullback in the NRL.

"I thought he might have said wing, but coming...


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Read more: One word from Green inspired Anderson - NRL.COM

One word from Green inspired Anderson - NRL.COM

One word from Green inspired Anderson

North Queensland Cowboys recruit Carlin Anderson could be Lachlan Coote's fullback understudy. Credit: Cowboys Media. Copyright: Cowboys Media.

North Queensland Cowboys recruit Carlin Anderson revealed it took just one word from coach Paul Green to make him believe he could be an NRL player.

The 22-year-old fullback is coming off a stellar season with Townsville Blackhawks in the Intrust Super Cup after the Cowboys had announced he would link with the club from 2018 on a two-year deal. 

He has started pre-season training with the belief he can make it in the big time, as opposed to wondering if he belongs.

"The thing that gave me a lot of confidence was when Greeny was asked in a press conference where he saw me as a player and he said 'fullback'," Anderson told NRL.com.

"I never knew if I'd be good enough to play fullback in the NRL.

"I thought he might have said wing, but coming...


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Falcons captain set to muscle up in quest for title - The Sunshine Coast Daily

CAPTAIN: Sunshine Coast Falcons forward Dane Hogan against Souths Logan at Sunshine Coast Stadium during the 2017 season. He's set to play a big role for the team again next year.

CAPTAIN: Sunshine Coast Falcons forward Dane Hogan against Souths Logan at Sunshine Coast Stadium during the 2017 season. He's set to play a big role for the team again next year. Warren Lynam

RUGBY LEAGUE: Inflamed by yet another grand final defeat, Sunshine Coast captain Dane Hogan intends to come back bigger and stronger than ever next season.

The 28-year-old wants to pile on the pounds ahead of the 2018 state league campaign, intent on being more robust in attack and defence.

The 185cm back-rower traditionally weighs in around 95kg, giving away about 10kg to many edge forwards, so he'll eat like a horse and spend plenty of time in the gym during the off-season.

"I think it will just give me a bit of punch through the line with my carries and with my wrestle in defence,” he said.

"If I can put a few kilos of muscle on I definitely think it will help.

"It's probably been the...


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Thurston back at Cowboys training - NRL.COM

Johnathan Thurston has returned to training for the 2018 pre-season, and the North Queensland Cowboys co-captain is wasting no time getting back into it after so much time out of the game. 

It comes after a season-ending shoulder injury the playmaker sustained in State of Origin II, which forced him to miss the Cowboys' charge to the grand final where they were beaten by the Melbourne Storm. 

"It's nice to be back, that's for sure, I had a busy off-season so it's good to be back around the boys and I've got four weeks of hard work now before Christmas," Thurston said. 

"It's been a busy break, obviously with the shoulder as well I was doing a lot of travelling as well so it's nice now that the shoulder is just about fully healed, I've got full range in it and it's just about getting strength back into it and I can do that… over the next four weeks." 

With his time on the sidelines...


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Read more: Thurston back at Cowboys training - NRL.COM

Thurston back at Cowboys training - NRL.COM

Johnathan Thurston has returned to training for the 2018 pre-season, and the North Queensland Cowboys co-captain is wasting no time getting back into it after so much time out of the game. 

It comes after a season-ending shoulder injury the playmaker sustained in State of Origin II, which forced him to miss the Cowboys' charge to the grand final where they were beaten by the Melbourne Storm. 

"It's nice to be back, that's for sure, I had a busy off-season so it's good to be back around the boys and I've got four weeks of hard work now before Christmas," Thurston said. 

"It's been a busy break, obviously with the shoulder as well I was doing a lot of travelling as well so it's nice now that the shoulder is just about fully healed, I've got full range in it and it's just about getting strength back into it and I can do that… over the next four weeks." 

With his time on the sidelines...


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Read more: Thurston back at Cowboys training - NRL.COM

Thurston back at Cowboys training - NRL.COM

Johnathan Thurston has returned to training for the 2018 pre-season, and the North Queensland Cowboys co-captain is wasting no time getting back into it after so much time out of the game. 

It comes after a season-ending shoulder injury the playmaker sustained in State of Origin II, which forced him to miss the Cowboys' charge to the grand final where they were beaten by the Melbourne Storm. 

"It's nice to be back, that's for sure, I had a busy off-season so it's good to be back around the boys and I've got four weeks of hard work now before Christmas," Thurston said. 

"It's been a busy break, obviously with the shoulder as well I was doing a lot of travelling as well so it's nice now that the shoulder is just about fully healed, I've got full range in it and it's just about getting strength back into it and I can do that… over the next four weeks." 

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Cowboy's a Jake of all trades - Townsville Bulletin

HE doesn’t start pre-season training until Monday, but Cowboys hooker Jake Granville is still putting in the hard yards in the closing stages of a carpentry apprenticeship he hopes will help set him up for life after football.

While it’s assumed most NRL stars have downed tools over the off-season, the 28-year-old has put the time to good use by finishing what he started as a young up-and-comer at Wynnum Manly.

The hooker has five training modules to complete before he finishes his apprenticeship with Martin Locke Homes and said it has been a welcome outlet from the day-to-day grind of elite football.

“Before I started playing at the Broncos (before joining North Queensland) I was at Wynnum and did that as my job,” Granville said.

“I did my apprenticeship for about three years and it got put on the backburner but I spoke to Lockie (Locke) one day that I was pretty keen to get it...


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Cowboy's a Jake of all trades - Townsville Bulletin

HE doesn’t start pre-season training until Monday, but Cowboys hooker Jake Granville is still putting in the hard yards in the closing stages of a carpentry apprenticeship he hopes will help set him up for life after football.

While it’s assumed most NRL stars have downed tools over the off-season, the 28-year-old has put the time to good use by finishing what he started as a young up-and-comer at Wynnum Manly.

The hooker has five training modules to complete before he finishes his apprenticeship with Martin Locke Homes and said it has been a welcome outlet from the day-to-day grind of elite football.

“Before I started playing at the Broncos (before joining North Queensland) I was at Wynnum and did that as my job,” Granville said.

“I did my apprenticeship for about three years and it got put on the backburner but I spoke to Lockie (Locke) one day that I was pretty keen to get it...


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Read more: Cowboy's a Jake of all trades - Townsville Bulletin

Cowboy's a Jake of all trades - Townsville Bulletin

HE doesn’t start pre-season training until Monday, but Cowboys hooker Jake Granville is still putting in the hard yards in the closing stages of a carpentry apprenticeship he hopes will help set him up for life after football.

While it’s assumed most NRL stars have downed tools over the off-season, the 28-year-old has put the time to good use by finishing what he started as a young up-and-comer at Wynnum Manly.

The hooker has five training modules to complete before he finishes his apprenticeship with Martin Locke Homes and said it has been a welcome outlet from the day-to-day grind of elite football.

“Before I started playing at the Broncos (before joining North Queensland) I was at Wynnum and did that as my job,” Granville said.

“I did my apprenticeship for about three years and it got put on the backburner but I spoke to Lockie (Locke) one day that I was pretty keen to get it...


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North Queensland Cowboys success benefits regional children - Townsville Bulletin

WHEN the Cowboys made the grand final this year there was a rush for flights to Sydney.

Indigenous children from remote communities will benefit after Townsville Airport’s operators donated a portion of those profits to NRL Cowboys House.

Ex-Cowboy Matt Bowen received a cheque for $10,100 on behalf of the Cowboys Community Foundation from Queensland Airports Limited chief executive officer Chris Mills and Townsville Airport chief operating officer Kevin Gill.

Cowboys chief executive officer Greg Tonner said Cowboys House was a home away from home for boys from remote communities.

Queensland Airports Limited chief executive officer Chris Mills, former Cowboys star Matt Bowen, Townsville Airport chief operating officer Kevin Gill and Cowboys chief executive officer Greg Tonner.

“It’s about providing an education pathway for these kids,” he said.

“We want to help create dreams and...


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North Queensland Cowboys success benefits regional children - Townsville Bulletin

WHEN the Cowboys made the grand final this year there was a rush for flights to Sydney.

Indigenous children from remote communities will benefit after Townsville Airport’s operators donated a portion of those profits to NRL Cowboys House.

Ex-Cowboy Matt Bowen received a cheque for $10,100 on behalf of the Cowboys Community Foundation from Queensland Airports Limited chief executive officer Chris Mills and Townsville Airport chief operating officer Kevin Gill.

Cowboys chief executive officer Greg Tonner said Cowboys House was a home away from home for boys from remote communities.

Queensland Airports Limited chief executive officer Chris Mills, former Cowboys star Matt Bowen, Townsville Airport chief operating officer Kevin Gill and Cowboys chief executive officer Greg Tonner.

“It’s about providing an education pathway for these kids,” he said.

“We want to help create dreams and...


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Taumalolo's multi-million dollar Cowboys deal is a steal - Johns - Sporting News

Matthew Johns argues the Cowboys got Jason Taumalolo at a bargain price for $1 million a season, saying his impact is worth double.

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Taumalolo put pen to paper on one of the richest NRL deals in history, staying loyal to the Cowboys on a $10 million ten-year contract that should see out his career.

Ranked as the best forward in the game, the 24-year-old was in hot demand as the Warriors attempted to lure him back home, but North Queensland's monster deal was too good to refuse.

While it seems like a lot of money, seven-figure salaries have become a commonality in 2017 with Jack Bird, Anthony Milford, Shaun Johnson, Cooper Cronk and Ashley Taylor all joining the million dollar club.

If Taumalolo put himself on the open market, Johns believes he...


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Taumalolo's multi-million dollar Cowboys deal is a steal - Johns - Sporting News

Matthew Johns argues the Cowboys got Jason Taumalolo at a bargain price for $1 million a season, saying his impact is worth double.

MORE: The Lurker: Why Fiji's RLWC success is delaying Hayne Plane from take off | The 10 non-NRL names from the RLWC your club should look at

Taumalolo put pen to paper on one of the richest NRL deals in history, staying loyal to the Cowboys on a $10 million ten-year contract that should see out his career.

Ranked as the best forward in the game, the 24-year-old was in hot demand as the Warriors attempted to lure him back home, but North Queensland's monster deal was too good to refuse.

While it seems like a lot of money, seven-figure salaries have become a commonality in 2017 with Jack Bird, Anthony Milford, Shaun Johnson, Cooper Cronk and Ashley Taylor all joining the million dollar club.

If Taumalolo put himself on the open market, Johns believes he...


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Thurston back at Cowboys training - NRL.COM

Johnathan Thurston has returned to training for the 2018 pre-season, and the North Queensland Cowboys co-captain is wasting no time getting back into it after so much time out of the game. 

It comes after a season-ending shoulder injury the playmaker sustained in State of Origin II, which forced him to miss the Cowboys' charge to the grand final where they were beaten by the Melbourne Storm. 

"It's nice to be back, that's for sure, I had a busy off-season so it's good to be back around the boys and I've got four weeks of hard work now before Christmas," Thurston said. 

"It's been a busy break, obviously with the shoulder as well I was doing a lot of travelling as well so it's nice now that the shoulder is just about fully healed, I've got full range in it and it's just about getting strength back into it and I can do that… over the next four weeks." 

With his time on the sidelines...


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Read more: Thurston back at Cowboys training - NRL.COM

Thurston back at Cowboys training - NRL.COM

Johnathan Thurston has returned to training for the 2018 pre-season, and the North Queensland Cowboys co-captain is wasting no time getting back into it after so much time out of the game. 

It comes after a season-ending shoulder injury the playmaker sustained in State of Origin II, which forced him to miss the Cowboys' charge to the grand final where they were beaten by the Melbourne Storm. 

"It's nice to be back, that's for sure, I had a busy off-season so it's good to be back around the boys and I've got four weeks of hard work now before Christmas," Thurston said. 

"It's been a busy break, obviously with the shoulder as well I was doing a lot of travelling as well so it's nice now that the shoulder is just about fully healed, I've got full range in it and it's just about getting strength back into it and I can do that… over the next four weeks." 

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