Brent Tate

Despite being without three of their most experienced players from last season, Toyota Cowboy Brent Tate says there will be no lack of leadership in the 2014 North Queensland NRL squad.

Back in training this week following his break after the Rugby League World Cup, Tate is now part of a much smaller group of older Cowboys thanks to the retirement of Dallas Johnson and Ash Graham and Matthew Bowen’s departure for Super League with Wigan.

“There were almost 1000 games of football in those guys and it is a lot to replace,” the Queensland and Kangaroos back said.

“I think we’ve got some guys who are on the verge of becoming leaders in our group.

“Someone like Ray Thompson has been around for a long time and then there’s Gavin Cooper, Glenn Hall who are experienced guys who I’m sure will be putting their hand up to help lead the group because we’re going to need it.”