Michael Morgan has travelled to Redcliffe with the Toyota Cowboys today and is set to be a late inclusion in North Queensland’s opening NRL pre-season trial against Brisbane on Saturday night.
The utility back was given the okay to resume playing by his specialist on Thursday after having off-season shoulder and ankle surgery.
The Cowboys have elected to leave Kane Linnett at home after initially naming him in the 22-man squad to face the Broncos.
Morgan will start either in the centres or come off the bench to give ex-Cronulla Shark Matthew Wright his chance to impress in the run-on team, just five days after joining North Queensland on a one-year contract.
Assistant coach David Furner spoke to the media before the Cowboys left Townsville and said the playing squad and coaching staff were ready for some football without the usual pre-game preparation of looking at what the opposition may offer.
“This game is more about us,” he said.
“I’ve had a quick look at the (Broncos) side and Greeny has had a quick look at their side and as he’s mentioned to the squad, this is about how we play with the structures that have been implemented in attack and defence.
“Greeny and the coaches and players have just talked about going out there and playing your best football.
“Certainly there is a position or two up for grabs and that’s why trials are a good thing – to put players in some situations before round one.”
Tomorrow night’s match at Dolphin Oval kicks off at 7.15pm.
Tickets will be available at the gate or can be purchased in advance from the Redcliffe Leagues Club reception.