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Cowboys sign Hiku

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys have agreed to a two-year deal with outside back Peta Hiku for the 2022 and 2023 seasons.

The 28-year-old has appeared in 147 NRL games, scoring 52 tries, over the course of nine seasons with the Sea Eagles, Panthers and Warriors.

He has also registered 11 Test appearances for New Zealand.

Hiku’s versatility has been a major asset over the course of his career, spending significant time at centre, wing and fullback as well as two games at five-eighth.

“We’ve made no secret of our desire to add leadership to our exciting young playing roster and Peta is a guy who has experience in high-performing systems over a long period of time,” Cowboys Head of Football Micheal Luck said.

“We feel Peta has some great football ahead of him and he is excited at the prospect of showing our young outside backs what it takes to be successful in the NRL.”

Cowboys Head Coach Todd Payten coached Hiku at the Warriors last season and said he is excited to reunite again in North Queensland.

“Peta is a smart and experienced centre, who has also shown he can play fullback and in the halves,” Payten said.

“He’s really creative for his outside men, he’s a try scorer himself and he’s a good family man who is going to add value to the club on and off the field.”