After securing a one-year contract extension late last season, 2018 shaped as a crucial year for Kyle Laybutt.
Unfortunately, the talented halfback missed half of the season with a torn pec muscle, which prevented him from replicating his impressive 2017 form.
Laybutt suffered the injury in Round 5 playing for Cowboys feeder club the Mackay Cutters in the Queensland Cup and would have to wait until Round 16 for his next appearance.
While on the field the 23-year-old was one of the standouts in a battling Cutters side. He also showed his versatility, playing a number of games at centre upon his return from injury, before returning to the halves to finish the season.
Unsigned for next season, Laybutt finishes his Cowboys career with two NRL appearances, both of which came in the 2017 season.
2018 stats (Queensland Cup):
Try assists: 2
Tackle breaks: 28
Average kick metres: 191.6