Hoare extends Cowboys contract

Sam Hoare’s continued development as a young front-rower has earned him a new two-year contract with the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys.

The 22-year-old was off contract at the end of this season but will now be a Cowboy until at least the end of the 2016 season after being rewarded with a contract extension just three weeks after making his NRL debut.

A graduate of the Cowboys’ NYC under-20s program, Hoare has impressed the coaching staff with his performances off the interchange bench against St George Illawarra and Cronulla.

He will make it three consecutive NRL appearances against Canterbury at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Saturday night.

His career record also features more than 50 Intrust Super Cup matches for Mackay, a premiership win for the Cutters last year and selection for the Queensland Residents squad for the past two years.

“Sam had to wait for his turn in the NRL but once he got there, he’s made the most of it,” Cowboys general manager football Peter Parr said.

“He loves this club, being a Cowboy and definitely has his best years of senior footy ahead of him.”

Hoare is the third former Rockhampton junior to sign a new contract with the Cowboys this week, joining Tim Glasby who will return to Queensland from the Melbourne Storm in 2015 and Brisbane Broncos hooker Jake Granville who also agreed to a two-year deal.