Season review: Te Maire Martin

Regarded purely as a half coming into the 2018 season, Te Maire Martin proved to be a versatile asset for North Queensland Toyota Cowboys head coach Paul Green.

Martin was thrust into the starting five-eighth role to start the year after the pre-season injury to regular No.6 Michael Morgan.

The 23-year-old moved back to the interchange following Morgan's return in Round 3 and played a crucial back-up role to hooker Jake Granville.

Looking to add an extra element to his side's attack, Green moved Morgan to fullback in Round 11 to allow Martin to return to the starting side alongside Johnathan Thurston in the halves.

Come Round 19 and Martin was on the move again. Despite never playing fullback at any level of rugby league, Martin was moved to the No.1 jersey for the match against St George Illawarra and responded with three consecutive Cowboys player of the match awards.

With Dally M-winning fullback Ben Barba set to arrive next season, Martin will battle young gun Jake Clifford for a spot in the halves alongside Morgan in 2019.

2018 stats:

Games: 23
Tries: 1
Try assists: 5
Tackle breaks: 38
Average runs: 6
Average run metres: 56