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O'Donnell returns home

Proserpine Brahmans junior Kai O’Donnell has signed a two-year contract with the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys for the 2025 and 2026 seasons.

A former member of the Cowboys Academy system, O’Donnell broke into the NRL with Canberra in 2020, appearing in four games for the Raiders.

The powerfully built second-rower moved to the UK in 2022 where he has spent the previous three seasons with Leigh, helping the Leopards win promotion to the Super League in his first season.

O’Donnell has scored 23 tries in his 62 appearances for the Leopards.

“Kai will add depth and experience to our back row stocks,” Cowboys General Manager of Football Micheal Luck said.

“It’s always great to bring a North Queenslander home. Kai was part of our Academy in the same class as Reuben Cotter and has always been a highly talented player.

“We believe he will be a fantastic addition to our squad for 2025 and beyond.”

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.