The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys suffered a huge blow when Te Maire Martin was sidelined indefinitely with a freak head injury early in the season.
After suffering from a variety of symptoms in late April, Martin was sent for testing, which revealed he had suffered a brain bleed.
Martin wouldn’t play again in 2019, but was able to return to light duties late in the season.
The 24-year-old was one of the Cowboys best through the opening seven rounds, splitting his time between five-eighth and fullback.
Martin opened the season with a brilliant performance, scoring a try and setting up another in a 24-12 victory over St George Illawarra.
Try assists: 1
Average tackle breaks: 2
Average run metres: 97