McLean heading to North Queensland

20 March 2017 10:19:30 EST

The Cowboys have signed front-row forward Jordan McLean to a three-year deal.

The 25-year-old will join the Townsville side next year after seeing out this season with the Storm.

He's played all his 69 NRL games so far with Craig Bellamy's side, but is looking forward to his move to North Queensland.

McLean, who made his senior debut in 2013, has played in all three games so far this year for Melbourne.

He said: "The Storm has been tremendous for me in terms of my development as a player and as a person. They've stood by me, and Craig Bellamy and his staff have helped me improve my game; Craig handed me my NRL debut and that's something I'll treasure always."

McLean came through a traumatic time in 2014 when he was involved in a three-man tackle on Newcastle's Alex McKinnon that left the Knights player paralysed.

The New South Welshman joined the Storm system in 2009, coming up through the club's SG Ball and NYC teams. He played for NSW Country for the first time last year.

North Queensland general manager of football Peter Parr said the club were excited to have signed the 196cm forward.

"Jordan's a wonderful young player who's come through a very good developmental pathways system at Melbourne, so we know that we'll be getting both a quality player and a quality person," he added.

"We have always said we would look to add to our roster in that front row position and we're thrilled Jordan has agreed to terms from 2018 onwards."

The Storm are 23/20 to win the grand final.

North Queensland are 9/2 to finish in the top four.

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