Cowboys to farewell eight departing players

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys will farewell eight players at next Wednesday’s 25th Annual Presentation Night at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre.

The departing class is headlined by Cowboys life members Matt Scott and Scott Bolton.

Scott retires unchallenged as the greatest forward in club history. The 34-year-old made 268 appearances for the Cowboys over the course of a glittering 16-year career and was co-captain alongside Johnathan Thurston for the club’s maiden premiership victory in 2015.

Scott also represented both Australia and Queensland 22 times apiece during his tenure at the Cowboys.

Bolton finishes his Cowboys career with the fourth most games in club history – his 246 appearances trail only Thurston, Matt Bowen and Scott.

An Innisfail product, Bolton debuted in 2007 and was an integral member of both the 2015 premiership side and the 2017 grand final outfit.

Outside backs Jordan Kahu, Javid Bowen, Gideon Gela-Mosby and Enari Tuala will also depart the club.

Kahu joined the club late in the pre-season and his versatility and goal kicking quickly proved valuable assets for the Cowboys. The 28-year-old split his 19 appearances across fullback, wing and centre and kicked 40 goals from 54 attempts.

Hope Vale product Bowen made 36 NRL appearances over four seasons and was a standout for the Cowboys in their victorious 2014 Auckland Nines campaign.

Gela-Mosby and Tuala registered 18 and 11 first grade appearances respectively after making their debuts in 2017.

Hooker Kurt Baptiste will leave the club after one season. The 28-year-old made nine appearances, but had his season cut short after tearing an ACL playing a Test for PNG in June.

Fullback Carlin Anderson leaves the club after a two-season stint. Anderson joined the Cowboys in 2018 after standout 2017 season with the Townsville Blackhawks in the Queensland Cup.