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Drinkwater signs long-term extension

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys have agreed to a four-year contract extension with fullback Scott Drinkwater running through the end of the 2027 season.

Drinkwater’s scintillating form has been a major driver behind the Cowboys’ resurgence in 2022. The 25-year-old has registered 14 try assists and crossed for 10 of his own in 19 appearances this season.

He has switched between fullback and five-eighth throughout his time at the Cowboys, but it’s been his work in the No.1 jersey in 2022 which has seen him emerge as one of the NRL’s most feared attacking threats.

Drinkwater has appeared in 69 games across four seasons since arriving in North Queensland mid-way through 2019.

“Drinky is an extremely talented footballer with a skill set not many players in the competition possess,” Cowboys General Manager of Football Micheal Luck said.

“He has been fantastic for us this year and today’s announcement is a show of faith that we believe he will be an integral member of our spine for a long time.

“We were thrilled with how he responded to Todd and our coaching staff’s challenges to him over the off season and he has now become one of the better ball players in the competition whether he is playing fullback or five-eighth.

“We have tried to build our squad around good people and Drinky is just that. His energy and enthusiasm lift any room he walks into and we’re excited he will be playing out the majority of his career in a Cowboys jersey.”

Acknowledgement of Country

North Queensland Cowboys respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.