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Ray Thompson has extended his contract with the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys by two years, the club announced today.

Thompson, 25, has re-signed until the end of the 2017 season, continuing his long association with the Cowboys, where he made his NRL debut in round 26, 2009 against the Sydney Roosters.

Currently injured after fracturing his cheekbone in the team’s round 13 win over the Eels, Thompson has played 94 NRL games over seven seasons, and was thrilled to be remaining in Cowboys colours.

"Absolutely it’s a great feeling to be able to continue my time at the Cowboys,” Thompson said.

"We (Thompson and partner Sabrina Galliozzi) have a baby on the way and being around the family with a club that’s always done the right thing by me is just fantastic.

“I’m really grateful to continue at the club for another two years.”

After playing just one game in 2009 and four games the following year, Thompson continued to improve and develop, and played at least 18 NRL games over each of the subsequent four seasons, while this year he played his way into the Cowboys’ 17, featuring in five games before his injury blow.

Cowboys General Manager – Football Peter Parr said Thompson embodied all the Cowboys stood for.

“Ray’s a terrific player, he’s a North Queensland junior and we’re delighted to have him remain at the club for the next two years,” Parr said.

“He’s definitely proven his toughness and versatility over the years, and given he’s only 25, there’s plenty of very good rugby league still in him."

Acknowledgement of Country

North Queensland Cowboys respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.