Cowboys book second Qld trial

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys have accepted an invitation from the Sunshine Coast Council to play a trial match against the Gold Coast Titans on Saturday, February 23 next year.

The match, to be played at Sunshine Coast Stadium, will be the first of two trials played by Paul Green's men leading into the 2019 season following last week's announcement of a March 2 trial against the Melbourne Storm in Mackay.

It will mark the first time the Cowboys have played a game on the Sunshine Coast, and Cowboys Acting CEO Jeff Reibel said the club is looking forward to the opportunity.

"We are delighted to be playing both our 2019 trial games in Queensland and for this particular game against another Queensland team," Reibel said.

"Our club has a healthy rivalry with the Gold Coast Titans and we look forward to adding another chapter on the Sunshine Coast next year.

"We are fortunate enough to have an extremely strong supporter base at home in North Queensland, but we are also aware we have a passionate following throughout the whole of Queensland, which is why we are excited to be playing our away trial at a large regional base like the Sunshine Coast in 2019."

In announcing the trial, Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson said he expects the all-Queensland encounter to attract a bumper crowd.

"We're delighted that the Cowboys have accepted our invitation and will play at the Sunshine Coast for the first time. To have them play another of our home state clubs in the Titans as they prepare for the new season will be a real attraction," he said.

"I know both clubs are looking forward to meeting their members and fans on the Sunshine Coast and we'll have the welcome mat out to give them a warm welcome to our healthy, smart, creative region."

The Cowboys will hold an open training session as well as school and hospital visits during their stay on the Sunshine Coast.

Kick off for the February 23 clash will be at 5pm and tickets will go on sale in the New Year.