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North Queensland Toyota Cowboys star Michael Morgan has played down suggestions he is set for a shift to fullback after his cameo in the role in Round 8.

Cowboys head coach Paul Green opted to replace regular fullback Lachlan Coote with Morgan in the dying stages of Saturday night's loss to the Raiders, but Morgan has hosed down any suggestions a move to the No.1 jersey will be permanent.

"I'm sure Greeny wouldn't have made up his mind yet for this week. I know that he doesn't usually know what he is going to do until a few days in and until we've reviewed the game," he said on Monday.

"I went back there for 10 or 15 minutes, but it's not something I'm expecting to do full time or anything."

Morgan, who has started 27 NRL games at fullback, said he wouldn't feel uncomfortable if Green called upon him to play the role against Penrith on Friday night, but also threw his support behind Coote to retain the No.1 jersey he has had so much success in during his tenure in North Queensland.

"The fitness would be the biggest thing, there's a lot more running back there, but at the moment I'm not thinking that I'm going to be going back there either," he said.

"It's only been a couple of short stints in games, last week I did it because Cootey hurt his ribs and the other night I think was just because Greeny wanted to try something at the end. It's not something I'm expecting to do too much of."

The Cowboys are preparing for one of their toughest road trips of the season in Round 9 when they make the long trek to Bathurst to face a high-flying Penrith side.

Morgan admits the extra travel will be a challenge, but said it was one he was confident the side could overcome.

"You never have an easy game in this competition and you can't expect there is going to be one. Penrith are going well so it's going to be hard no matter where we play them," he said.

"It's a fair trip getting down there, but we're going a day early to get the travel out of the way so hopefully we can settle in and get the win."

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