Season review: Francis Molo

After almost three years out of the top grade, Francis Molo fought his way back to the NRL in 2018 on the back of some sensational performances for Cowboys feeder club the Townsville Blackhawks in the Queensland Cup.

Molo made his Cowboys debut in Round 11 against South Sydney and made an instant impression with his high-octane style of play.

The 24-year-old proved to be a crucial asset for Cowboys head coach Paul Green during the middle third of the season with props Jordan McLean and Matt Scott battling injuries.

When the representative duo returned, Molo was forced out of the side, but was able to return for two games late in the season, including an appearance in Johnathan Thurston's landmark final home game in Round 24.

Molo re-signed with the Cowboys for the 2019 and 2020 seasons in June and will be hoping to become a regular in Green's side next season.

2018 stats:

Games: 7
Average runs: 4
Average run metres: 38
Average tackles: 13
Tackle efficiency: 86%