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Aaron Payne

Aaron Payne

Position: NYC/ Elite Pathways Coach

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys life member and two-time Paul Bowman medallist Aaron Payne took up the role of coach of the club’s National Youth Competition team for the 2016 season after three years as a junior coach, the last two in charge of Cowboys’ Academy program.

Payne has excelled as an emerging rugby league mentor since his retirement from playing in 2012 – of the new additions to the 2015 NYC team, 12 came through the club’s Academy program.

Appointed: November 2015

Coaching achievements:
• 2015 Townsville Stingers u18s – QLD champions
• 2015 Capricornia Open Schoolboys – QLD champions
• 2014 Northern Pride U16s – QLD champions

Playing career:
• North Queensland Cowboys, 2002-2012 (219 matches)

Playing achievements:
• Cowboys Life Member (2012)
• NRL All Stars (2012)
• Paul Bowman Medallist for Cowboy of the Year (2006, 2008)
• Cowboys Players’ Player of the Year (2008)
• Cowboys Club Person of the Year (2008)