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Retread Cowboys out to wrap up teen star Jason Taumalolo
by: Chris Garry, Steve Ricketts
From: The Sunday Mail (Qld)
Northern exposure: Talented tyro Jason Taumalolo. Source: Townsville Bulletin

HE IS 18 years old and has played only four NRL games, but North Queensland rate boom forward Jason Taumalolo so highly they have made moves to sign him until the end of 2015.

The prodigiously talented forward's contract expires next season and the Cowboys have already begun negotiating with his management to extend him long term.
But the club will have a fight on its hands to retain Taumalolo. It is understood two other clubs are chasing his signature.
Cowboys coach Neil Henry said he wanted the 110kg monster to become a first-grade regular next year.
"I see him as being our impact forward off the bench next year," Henry said.
"He played four matches for us last year and only saw about 20-25 minutes in each game, but still made around 80m a game from eight hit-ups, which is a good effort.
"Next year we want him playing 40 minutes plus.

"He's handled it well so far but the test will be when he plays those extra minutes, but I think he'll step up.
"We have a wealth of talent in the back row so he'll have to fight for his spot."
Henry said he had recently been in the ear of the 191cm Auckland native about staying with the club, which he was signed to as a 15-year-old.
"I've been in his ear, trying to get him to commit to the Cowboys," Henry said.
"He's a young player we hope stays with us for a long time - the same with Tariq Sims, who we re-signed recently."
Taumalolo's manager Chris Orr confirmed his charge was hopeful of securing a three-year deal with the Cowboys.
"We met with Peter Parr last week and negotiations with the Cowboys are positive," Orr said.

Taumalolo is still weighing up whether he wants to play for Australia and Queensland or the Kiwis.
Born in New Zealand, Taumalolo has spent the past five years in Townsville.
Kiwi coach Stephen Kearney said he was desperate to bring the softly spoken youngster into his New Zealand system.
"He played for the Junior Kiwis recently so we hope he wants to stick with us," Kearney said.

Meanwhile Cowboys five-eighth Ray Thompson looks set for a switch to hooker next season as a result of Johnathan Thurston's determination to wear the No.6 jersey. Thompson played all 25 NRL matches at five-eighth last season.
Henry rates Thompson a perfect fit for hooker, given his durability, fitness and excellent tackling technique, but has not ruled him out of the halves equation even though Wests Tigers signing Robert Lui shapes as Thurston's halves partner.
"Ray and Robert are vying for the halfback job, but Ray is a viable option at hooker," Henry told The Sunday Mail.
"There certainly is a lot of competition at hooker with Aaron Payne and James Segeyaro.
"Aaron has signed for another 12 months and is a year-by-year proposition."
Lui was signed by the Cowboys after being released by the Tigers following an incident which saw the Townsville junior charged with assaulting his girlfriend. The 21-year-old appeared in court in Sydney on Friday and the matter was adjourned to March 21.
Henry has been happy with Lui's effort at training and is comfortable with Thurston's proposed switch to five-eighth.
"It's just a number on a jersey these days," Henry said. "Johnathan will play left side and Robert or Ray on the right."
Henry said under-20s halves graduates Michael Morgan and Michael Parker-Walsh would also come into the equation.

The Cowboys have retained most of their under-20s side, beaten 31-30 by the Warriors in the Toyota Cup grand final, with 80 per cent of their 2012 youth squad home grown. 


I sure hope we can keep him, he has so much potential 

Retread Chad throws hat in ring
COWBOYS HOPEFUL: Triallist Chad Grintell

FORMER Canberra Raiders first-grade squad member and current Mackay Cutters centre Chad Grintell is determined not to let his last chance at an NRL career pass him by.
The 26-year-old Queensland Cup flyer has been going through his paces with the North Queensland Cowboys on a train and trial contract for the last five weeks and is fighting hard to be at least in the team's starting 17 when the Cowboys clash with Brisbane in a pre-season clash on February 4.
There might be some who consider Grintell's age a major impediment in realising his NRL dream, and he knows time is ticking.
"For sure. I'm 26 now and this will be my last chance," he said.
"So hopefully with a lot of hard work something might come up."
But Grintell only has to look across the training paddock to realise that hard work and form can turn a player's goals into reality.
Workhorse Cowboys back-rower Joel Riethmuller, 26, was in a similar position to Grintell at this time last year, having been signed to the first-grade squad on a six-week train and trial contract after stellar Queensland Cup form for the Northern Pride.
It was Riethmuller's last realistic shot at a first-grade career, and he not only put his foot in the door but heaved it open with four NRL games which subsequently earned him a two-year contract until the end of 2013.
Grintell has an impressive Queensland Cup background and played last season with the Cutters and before that with the Burleigh Bears for two years. He won a Queensland Cup premiership with Souths Logan in 2007 following his time in the Raiders squad under current Cowboys coach Neil Henry.
It was Henry's first-hand knowledge of Grintell's abilities which ultimately led to the West Wyalong Malleemen junior being given a final shot at his footy dream.
Grintell is a probability of taking his place in Henry's 17 for February's trial encounter against the Broncos and fellow trialists David Milne and Eathan Lowe are also a strong chance of being included.
Apart from Tate, Grintell will also have Antonio Winterstein, Kane Linnett, Kailfa Faifai Loa and Ash Graham - among others - to contend with for a place at his favoured centre position. 

Retread Faifai Loa to remain a Cowboy until 2014

New Zealand Test winger Kalifa Faifai Loa will play in the NRL with the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys until at least the end of the 2014 season after signing a two-year contract extension.

The 21-year-old produced an eye-catching first season with the Cowboys in 2011, playing in 22 matches after making his debut for the club in round three against the Melbourne Storm.

He was originally signed until the end of the 2012 season but General Manager – Football Peter Parr said the young winger’s impressive progress made him a priority for a contract extension.

“We’re very pleased with how Kalifa has improved since coming to the club and think he will become an even better footballer with the more experience he gains in the NRL,” Parr said.

“We’re looking forward to seeing him continue that development as a North Queensland Cowboy.

“He’s just played Test football at just 21 years of age and to have him commit to the Cowboys is something we’re delighted about.”

Faifai Loa crossed for 10 tries in 2011, placing him second behind Paul Bowman Medal winner Ashley Graham on North Queensland ’s try-scoring list.

He was also second, behind Graham, for most metres gained by a Cowboy this season and his year culminated in two Tests appearances for New Zealand against Australia, including one in the Four Nations tournament in Great Britain.

Faifai Loa said signing with the Cowboys had been the best decision he had made so far in his rugby league career and he was happy he was staying in North Queensland .

“I really enjoy playing for the Cowboys, working with the coaching staff we have and living up here,” he said.

“I have some great mates at the club and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
“We had a good 2011 and I think we have the players to go even better in 2012 and beyond.” 

Retread Kalifa in for the long run

THE darkest day of his football life also provided the ray of light Kalifa Faifai Loa needed to become the Cowboys' new X-factor.
On the day when the red-hot winger extended his contract with the North Queensland NRL club until the end of 2014, he yesterday reflected on the path that brought him to Townsville and made him a household name.
It's come with ups and downs, with the downs being particularly severe, but the 21-year-old wouldn't change a thing.
"If I didn't get sacked from Newcastle then I wouldn't be here right now," said a chirpy and clearly appreciative Faifai Loa.
"I was pretty gutted at the time that Newcastle got rid of me, but I did the crime so I had to do the time. But that's one thing that is really good in the end ... I love it at the Cowboys."
The then giant teenage outside back was forced out of the Knights in 2008 following disciplinary breaches, including driving after drinking, as he struggled to come to terms with his shift from New Zealand to Australia. Home sickness continued to plague Faifai Loa even as he did his best to make the most of his second chance at St George Illawarra.
What the self confessed larrikin wanted was somewhere he could call home.
"This is the team, this is the town," Faifai Loa said.
"Here I'm happy all the time. When you see me around the office or around training, you never see me with an angry face.
"It was a pretty hard decision coming from Dragons to Townsville, but I heard everything was so good up here and gambled it and it's all gone my way (because) ... I'm just loving it in Townsville."
And the results have been there for everyone to see for the now model citizen. After starting the season in Q-Cup, 96kg and 180cm Faifai Loa forced his way into first-grade and never looked back.
He played 22 games and scored 10 tries - with his Superman dives when crossing the line making him a cult hero - while by the end of the year he had become a NZ international in the Four Nations.
"Third time lucky came the Cowboys ... and here I am, I've played two Tests and I'm so happy I've re-signed," Faifai Loa.
Although he still had a year to run on his contract, the Cowboys weren't about to give other clubs a chance to pinch the rising star and swooped when he returned from Kiwi duties last month.
Club football manager Peter Parr gave Faifai Loa the greatest of compliments.
"There's no doubt he's got a bit of the X-factor in him," he said. "We've had a wonderful match-winner here for a long time in Matthew Bowen and I think now we've got another one." 


Michael Parker-Walshe is rumoured to be realesed by the Cowboys on compasionite grounds and is now in talks with the Titans or Broncos. 


rumoured to be going.. dont know if you have the released part or the titans/ broncos part correct though. 


That's what I heard. 


Parker-Walshe asks for release
TOWNSVILLE BULLETIN *|* January 13th, 2012

COWBOYS player Michael Parker-Walshe has reportedly asked for a release from his playing contract.

The club is believed to be considering the young five-eighth's request after the shock of yesterday's announcement.

Parker-Walshe was due to step up to the Cowboys' full-time NRL squad for the first time this year after signing a one-year contract at te end of last season.

The playmaker finished as the second highest try-scorer in the under-20s National Youth Competition.

He was one of several playmakers listed in the top squad, alongside Ray Thompson, Robert Lui, Johnathan Thurston, Michael Morgan and Ben Jones. 


Homesick Cowboy bows out
ANTONY STEWART *|* January 17th, 2012

THE Cowboys are shocked by Michael Parker-Walshe's decision to walk away from rugby league but are respectful of his decision to return home to the Gold Coast.

North Queensland yesterday officially granted the 20-year-old a release from the remainder of his NRL contract. While the details of the release are to be finalised, Cowboys football manager Peter Parr said homesickness prompted Parker-Walshe's request.

"We're having a bit of trouble getting our head around this one because Michael hasn't said too much, apart from the fact that after being here 2 1/2 years he's become homesick and football isn't a priority in his life any more," he said. "We can only ... hope he gets back to the Gold Coast and becomes a little happier." A clause in the release is likely to include that 2011 under-20s star Parker-Walshe cannot sign with another club for at least a year.

"But it should be a moot argument given he's indicated to us very clearly he has no intention of playing this year," Parr said. 


So does anyone know if there is any truth to the Tuamalolo and Ulugia rumours, But I can see Kearney using the position as NZ coach to lure Tuamalolo 


I haven't heard any rumors but I think if there are two young players we need to hang onto it's those two. Grevsmuhl has a big future too IMO. 


Just another reason to hate the Eels even more ;) 


Bani has signed with the Raiders on a 1 year deal. 


He's the Raiders problem now. 


So your not going to miss him? 


Cowboys never renewed his contract, so I was happy last year. Now I'm happy the Raiders have him. 


Cowboys sign Jason Taumalolo to 2015

One of the NRL’s best young forward prospects, Junior Kiwis representative Jason Taumalolo , has extended his contract with the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys until the end of the 2015 season.

Cowboys General Manager – Football Peter Parr announced the contract extension today, saying North Queensland was delighted that Taumalolo had committed long-term to the Cowboys.
With last season’s North Queensland Rookie of the Year and Dally M Second-rower of the Year finalist Tariq Sims signing a new four-year contract last year, today's signing gives the Cowboys the basis of a strong back-row well into the middle of the decade.
Taumalolo, who has spent five years in the Cowboys’ system, made his NRL debut for the Cowboys as a 17-year-old at the end of the 2010 season and added another three first grade games to his record in 2011, including scoring a double in the round 25 win against the Sharks.
As well as representing the Junior Kiwis in 2011, the damaging ball runner was named as the RLPA’s Toyota Cup Player of the Year and was named in the Toyota Cup Team of the Year.
He has trained full time with the Cowboys’ NRL squad for the past two seasons and has lined up in both NRL pre-season trial matches in 2012.
“We believe, like everyone in the NRL does, that Jason has a bright future in rugby league and we’re very happy that future will be with the Cowboys,” Parr said.
“Jason loves living in Townsville and being part of our club.
“He wants to be part of a successful team with the Cowboys and we think we have a better chance of doing that with forwards like him and Tariq in our line-up.
“Jason is still only a young man and has plenty of development left in his game.”
Taumalolo had been signed until the end of the 2012 season and has added at least another three years with this extension.
He will line up for the Cowboys in their final pre-season trial against the Gold Coast at Virgin Australia Stadium in Mackay on Saturday night. 


Great news for the club Jason is a superstar in the making, the Cowboys are in for a big year. 


I was reading in the courier mail the other day that Parker-Walsh is playing in the QRL and hoping to score a NRL contract next year, I'm wondering if the homesick excuse is bull unless he signs with the Titans. Were there any other factors that would of caused him to leave the Cowboys, was the public giving it to him for missing that conversion or something??? 


Conversion? If your referring to last years grand final, that was Feldt, not Parker-Walsh who missed the last conversion. 


Oh my bad 


[h=1]Young saddles up for Cowboys[/h]
KAWANA man-mountain Sean Young says he could not ask for a better environment in which to serve his apprenticeship than under arguably the NRL's best props James Tamou and Matt Scott.

The highly touted front-rower has signed with the North Queensland Cowboys under-20s side, an opportunity which will allow him to hone his craft alongside the Townsville club's five-star pack.

The 18-year-old will in two weeks move to North Queensland to begin pre-season training in preparation for 2013.
The Cowboys trainers have told him they hope to transform him physically and his first order is to "get bigger" - a scary notion when you take into account he already stands at 1.95m, tips the scales at 112kg and is still growing.
While his size is daunting, he also possesses ball skills which belie his massive frame, deft foot work and he was toying with the idea of one day pushing into the back row.
He credited his manager, former Canberra Raider Clinton Schifcofske, with having an integral role in him linking with North Queensland.
Young was signed to the Cowboys after impressing for the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles in a Mal Meninga Cup under-18s clash in Townsville earlier in the year.
Prior to agreeing to join the Cowboys, he also courted offers from the Melbourne Storm and Canberra Raiders.
At the Cowboys he will have the chance to train alongside the side's first grade squad which boasts the likes of Tamou, Scott, Dallas Johnson, Tariq and Ashton Sims, Gavin Cooper and Glenn Hall in its pack.
While obviously thrilled with fulfilling a long-held dream of signing with an NRL club, he said the prospect of learning from one of the best forward units in the game made it an even more exciting prospect.
"I can't wait, I'm very keen to get there and learn from guys like James Tamou and Matt Scott," he said.
"I'm just going to go up there, try my hardest and hopefully crack the 20s team."
Young played at the Kawana Dolphins from under-8s, winning premierships with the club in under-14s, under-15s and under-16s before capping his time at Stockland Park with this year's under-18s title.
He scored two tries for the Dolphins under-18s in their recent grand final win, with coach Sam Elvy describing Young as a big part of their undefeated 2012 season.
Elvy said Young's signing was just reward after pushing himself to a higher level this year.
"He's a big boy, I've coached him for the last two years and he's only got better," Elvy said.
"He's put a lot of effort in, he really wanted to do something with footy, he really wanted to make it. He's put in the hard work and it's paid off." Sean Young has signed with the North Queensland Cowboys rugby league team 

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