Having just wrapped up his sixth year as a Cowboy – and eighth as an NRL player – 28-year-old winger Antonio Winterstein can rightfully call himself the elder statesman of the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys’ backline.
Quietly-spoken but authoritative on the field, the Auckland native has enjoyed career-best form while in North Queensland.
He is also known for his toughness and consistency, playing at least 23 games for his club per season for the past five seasons.
The 2016 Cowboys NRL season was another solid year for the no-nonsense Winterstein.
With 13 four-pointers, he finished the season as equal second-highest try-scorer for the club – tied with Justin O’Neill and two behind Kyle Feldt.
He also had the third-highest running metres count, with 3189m, behind forwards Jason Taumalolo (4454m) and James Tamou (3284m).
Extending his stay at the Cowboys for a further two seasons, Winterstein will look for his trademark consistent high level of play in 2017.
Run metres: 3189 (133m per match)
Tackle breaks: 51
Line breaks: 12