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Clifford departs Cowboys

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys have today granted Jake Clifford an immediate release from the final season of his contract to take up an opportunity with another NRL club.

Clifford was originally scheduled to depart the Cowboys following the 2021 season, but approached the club for an early release.

A Tully Tigers junior, Clifford appeared in 41 games for the Cowboys between the 2018 and 2021 seasons.

The 23-year-old produced some brilliant performances in Cowboys colours, including a three try assist masterclass in Johnathan Thurston’s final ever home game in 2018 and a match-winning display in Gavin Cooper’s 300th NRL game in 2019.

Cowboys Head of Football Micheal Luck said the entire organisation wished Clifford the best of luck for the future.

“We would like to sincerely thank Jake for his contribution to our club, not just at NRL level, but throughout the grades,” Luck said.

“Cliffo came from the Tully Tigers, through the Northern Pride pathway system and graduated into our NRL side at the Cowboys. Everything he’s done at our club, he’s done it with a great attitude, particularly in a tough year for him in 2021.

“We wish him nothing but the best in the next stage of his football career.”