Paul Bowman Medal contenders

A superstar-laden field will be in contention to claim the 2018 Paul Bowman Medal for North Queensland Toyota Cowboys Player of the Year at the club's 24th Annual Presentation Ball at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre on Thursday night.

Retiring club legend Johnathan Thurston is firmly in the mix after a sensational final NRL season.
JT led the NRL in both try assists (22) and line-break assists (24), while he also finished sixth in the competition with 166 points.

At age 35, Thurston played every minute of every game for the first time in his prestigious 17-year NRL career.

Reigning two-time champion Jason Taumalolo is again set to feature heavily in the voting, with the 2016 and 2017 winner enjoying another phenomenal season for the Cowboys in 2018.

Taumalolo led the NRL in post-contact metres with 1743, finished second in running metres with 4104 and finished just three short of 100 tackle breaks for the season.

High-flying winger Kyle Feldt is also set to challenge for the award after arguably the best season of his career.

Feldt led the Cowboys with 14 tries, including a memorable hat-trick in Johnathan Thurston's last game at 1300SMILES Stadium in Round 24

Representative second-rower Gavin Cooper also made his claim for the title with a record-breaking season which saw him become the first forward in premiership history to score tries in nine consecutive games.

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