Tamou commits to Cowboys for another three years
Monday 10 December 2012 12:07 PM
A love of the Cowboys and the local community has led Test and State of Origin forward James Tamou to extend his contract with North Queensland until the end of the 2016 NRL season.
Arguably the most improved player in the competition over the past two seasons, Tamou’s contract was due to expire at the end of 2013, but he has today agreed to a three-year extension.
The front-rower, who represented both Australia and New South Wales for the first time this year, has played 78 NRL matches for the Cowboys since making his debut in 2009.
His career highlight came in October when he again showed off his great footwork to score a crucial solo try in the Kangaroos’ win against New Zealand on his home ground.
“After the way he played this year, I think everyone now knows what a talented footballer James is.
His 2012 season was one of the best by a front-rower in this club’s history,” North Queensland’s general manager – football Peter Parr said.
“Not only did he play representative football, he excelled at that level and he was among our best players week-in, week-out with his teammates recognising him with the Players’ Player of the Year Award.
“At 24, his best years as a forward in the NRL are still ahead of him and our members and fans can look forward to at least his next four years being with the Cowboys.”
Signing a new contract with the Cowboys is an early birthday present for Tamou who celebrates his birthday on Thursday.
He said he was very happy that his league career would continue in North Queensland.
“When I first came to the Cowboys, I hadn’t played in the NRL and now I’m playing Origin and Test footy which shows how much being here has helped my game,” Tamou said.
“I owe this club a lot and I love the area and the people here so my goal was to stay with North Queensland.
“I think we have a great squad and can challenge for titles next year and beyond that.”