Cowboys sign Matthew Wright

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys have added former Cronulla outside back Matthew Wright to their NRL squad for the 2014 season.

The 23-year-old, who played 62 NRL matches for the Sharks, signed a one-year contract at Cowboys HQ this morning and will join his new teammates at training this afternoon.

“It’s been a really quick process,” Wright said.

“The Cowboys had a vacancy to fill and I’m happy they’ve chosen me so I continue my career up here.

“I already know a couple of the boys and I’m looking forward to meeting the rest of them this afternoon before training.”

Wright was a Junior Kangaroos representative in 2010 and played alongside current Cowboys Tariq Sims and Cameron King in the squad managed by North Queensland’s general manager – football Peter Parr.

He made his NRL debut in round five of the 2009 season and played predominantly in the centres in his rookie year, scoring six tries in 17 appearances.

The Sharks played him on the wing for the majority of the 2011 season and then at fullback for much of 2012.

He made five NRL appearances last season and was in the Cronulla team that won the NSW Cup.

“We think Matthew is going to add significantly to our depth in the outside backs,” Peter Parr said.

“He’s a good young footballer looking for an opportunity and he should fit in well here at the Cowboys.”