Kahu makes Cowboys switch

19 February 2019 02:16:32 EST

The North Queensland Cowboys have signed New Zealand international Jordan Kahu from the Brisbane Broncos.

The 28-year-old has joined on a one-year deal to fill the hole left in the squad by the sacking of Ben Barba.

To pick up a player of Jordan's ability and experience at this stage of the pre-season is a massive bonus for us.

Paul Green

He is the second Brisbane player to switch to the Townsville club during the off-season, with Josh McGuire having made the move in November.

North Queensland coach Paul Green said he was delighted to be able to bring in Kahu, who was granted a release by the Broncos.

"To pick up a player of Jordan's ability and experience at this stage of the pre-season is a massive bonus for us," added Green.

"He gives us depth at a number of positions, he's a very good centre and he's played wing and fullback as well. His goal kicking ability is the added bonus on top of everything else he offers."

Kahu, who scored 42 tries in his 95 games for the Broncos, offers his new club a goal-kicking option in the wake of Johnathan Thurston's retirement.

He booted 145 goals from 188 attempts while with Brisbane, who he helped to win the 2015 Grand Final and has played nine Tests for the Kiwis since his international debut in 2015.

Kahu wasn't guaranteed a place in the Broncos' starting 17 this year due to the rise of young talent Gehamat Shibasaki, Jamayne Isaako, Kotoni Staggs, and the fit-again Jack Bird.

He's most likely to play at full-back for North Queensland, but could be moved to the outside backs.

North Queensland are 60/1 to win the NRL Grand Final, while the Cowboys are 40/1 to finish in the top four.

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