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Frei joins Cowboys

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys have signed back-rower Brendan Frei for the remainder of the 2022 season.

The 25-year-old has been in terrific form for the high-flying Norths Devils in the Queensland Cup to start the season, scoring five tries in eight games, including a double in a Round 7 victory over the PNG Hunters.

Frei played NYC for the Sydney Roosters and has also spent time in the Broncos system.

Frei arrived in North Queensland on Saturday and will begin training with the squad this week.

“We’ve been watching Brendan closely for a little while and he is a guy we believe has some tools which will translate well to the NRL level,” Cowboys General Manager of Football Micheal Luck said.

“He carries the ball strongly and moves well defensively on an edge. He has been a real presence for a number of years for Norths, and his form has gone to another level this year.

“We have always been looking to add depth to the squad in the forwards and in particular the second row. We have Jeremiah and Heilum as well as Tom Gilbert who have all done a wonderful job so far this year, but we also wanted to ensure we had more coverage to our depth which we hope gets exposed during the Origin period with players representing their states.”

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