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Cowboys sign Burns

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys have agreed to the immediate signing of outside back Braidon Burns on a contract running through the end of the 2025 season.

The 27-year-old has appeared in 62 NRL games across stints with the Rabbitohs and Bulldogs since making his debut in 2017, scoring 16 tries.

Burns has made five appearances for South Sydney’s NSW Cup team in 2024, averaging 139 running metres and three tackle breaks a game.

Burns adds significant experience and depth to the Cowboys’ outside back stocks, which are currently battling injuries. Jodeci Baker (Lisfranc) and Robert Derby (shoulder) are both sidelined with long-term injuries, Zac Laybutt is out for the year with an ACL injury and Murray Taulagi and Tom Chester are unavailable with hamstring injuries.

“We are very fortunate to have secured someone of Braidon’s experience and ability at this point of the season,” Cowboys General Manager of Football Micheal Luck said.

“He will add much needed depth to our roster while we await the return of our up and coming outside backs from injury.”

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.