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With over half the 2016 season completed, the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys under-20s team are well placed to again go deep into the finals.

After 14 matches, Aaron Payne’s young charges have amassed 10 wins and a draw to sit outright second on the National Youth Competition ladder on 21 points, three points adrift of defending premiers Penrith.

The team hasn’t lost a match since Round 7, when they fell to the Rabbitohs, and since then have posted a number of impressive wins, including a last-start 35-28 triumph on the road against their Round 1 conquerors Cronulla.

Cowboys TV caught up with Micheal Luck, manager of the club's Elite Pathway Program, on how the team is tracking, the logistics behind an away trip and how the under-20s competition fits into a player’s pathway to the NRL.

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