Green pens new Cowboys deal

17 April 2018 02:44:47 EST
Jonathan Thurston is set to retire at the end of this season.

North Queensland Cowboys coach Paul Green has signed a new three-year contract after rejecting an approach from Brisbane.

Green is understood to have been given a deal worth around $2.8million over the next three seasons.

Although North Queensland are struggling in the early rounds of the NRL season, with just one win from six games, club chairman Laurence Lancini insists Green is the best man to dig them out of a slump that has seen them slip to 15th on the ladder.

"Obviously we're not happy with where we are from a win-loss point of view at this stage but, ultimately, you're judged on how you finish the season not the way you start it," said Lancini. "We think he's the best for the job, and of course there's expectations, just like we've achieved over the past years that he's been here."

Green was approached unofficially by a third party to gauge his interest in moving to the Broncos, but instead inked a deal keeping him in Townsville until 2021.

After leading the Cowboys to their maiden premiership in 2015, the coach was offered the Queensland job by the QRL but opted to stay in the NRL.

However, he has restated his desire to coach the Maroons at some point.

"I've always said that that's a goal of mine ... at the moment my immediate focus is on the Cowboys but if that opportunity was to come up down the track hopefully one day I might be able to have a crack at it," said Green.

The Cowboys face a big challenge when Johnathan Thurston retires at the end of the season, admits the coach.

"Whenever any club has a player such as JT go through that retirement process, how you handle that can be challenging. I am looking forward to it and I think we're well-placed to handle that," he added.

North Queensland are 2/5 to win their next game against the Titans, who are 21/10. The Cowboys are 93/100 conceding a 4.5-point start.

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