Milestone man Shaun Fensom is revelling in his new life as a Cowboy and can’t wait to get stuck into some of his old mates at GIO Stadium on Saturday when the Canberra Raiders host the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys.
The 28-year-old core forward will line up for his 11th Cowboys appearance on Saturday night, against his former club, and the tough-as-nails New South Welshman is relishing the thought of the challenge ahead.
“I’m excited at the challenge of going up against my former club,” said Fensom, who will bring up his 150th National Rugby League game on Saturday.
“I expect some of my old teammates will be giving it to me, and I’ll be doing the same. These little rivalries and challenges are great to be involved in … at the end of the day we’re all out there competing hard and I’m sure Saturday night will be no different."
Fensom built a strong reputation as a hard-tackling, hard-running forward during an eight-season stint at the Raiders.
He moved to Townsville in the off-season to take up a new challenge at the Cowboys, a move he hasn’t regretted.
“I’ve loved my time up here so far, I’m enjoying my footy and this team is a great bunch of blokes to be around,” he said.
“We’re playing well for one another.”
Saturday’s game will be the first against his old club for Fensom, with the Bellingen Dorrigo Magpies junior having just arrived in North Queensland prior to the Cowboys’ thrilling Round 1 win in golden point extra-time over the Raiders in Townsville.
Fensom is part of the Cowboys' interchange bench rotation, alongside utility Ben Hampton and fellow forwards Corey Jensen and Coen Hess.
Saturday 1 July, GIO Stadium
Gates open: 3pm
NSW Cup: 5.15pm