With the 2018 season drawing nearer, we will begin to look at how each team is shaping up for the season ahead.

We dissect the eventual runners-up of the 2017 season, the North Queensland Cowboys and what their best 17 looks like.

North Queensland Cowboys 2018 Player Movements

2018 Gains
Te Maire Martin (Penrith Panthers, 2019), Jordan McLean (Melbourne Storm, 2020), Francis Molo (Brisbane Broncos, 2020)
2018 Losses
Braden Hamlin-Uele (Cronulla Sharks), Patrick Kaufusi (Melbourne Storm), Patrick Mago (Brisbane Broncos), Kalyn Ponga (Newcastle Knights), Ray Thompson (retired)
John Asiata (2020), Scott Bolton (2019), Jake Clifford (2020), Gavin Cooper (2019), Kyle Feldt (2020), Shaun Hudson (2018), Corey Jensen (2019), Kyle Laybutt (2018), Gideon Mosby-Gela (2019), Emry Pere (2020), Matthew Scott (2019), Murray Taulagi (2019), Jason Taumalolo (2027), Johnathan Thurston (2018), Enari Tuala (2019)
Off Contract 2019
Kurt Baptiste, Scott Bolton, Javid Bowen, Gavin Cooper, Ben Hampton, Corey Jensen, Jordan Kahu, Te Maire Martin, Gideon Mosby-Gela, Justin O'Neill, Matthew Scott, Murray Taulagi, Enari Tuala

2018 Predicted Lineup

  1. Lachlan Coote
  2. Kyle Feldt
  3. Justin O’Neill
  4. Kane Linnett
  5. Antonio Winterstein
  6. Michael Morgan
  7. Johnathan Thurston ©
  8. Matthew Scott
  9. Jake Granville
  10. Jordan McLean
  11. Gavin Cooper
  12. Ethan Lowe
  13. Jason Taumalolo
  14. Te Maire Martin
  15. Scott Bolton
  16. Coen Hess
  17. John Asiata
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Reserves: Shaun Fensom, Josh Chudleigh, Ben Hampton, Javid Bowen.

Coach: Paul Green

The Big Question: Will the great JT hang up the boots alongside a third premiership victory?

Predicted Finish: 2nd

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  1. Wanting to Javid in Linnet I Mclean my teeth, and go Bolton down to The Granville. Thurston, I grab a Coopers Ale, and Feldt Linnet would like a Te Marie. ‘You Coote’ she said when I gave her a Chudleigh.

  2. That is a serious good footy team, should be favourites for sure.

    Hey Rabbit, what ever your on , can i have a kilo of it?

    • penso, Rabbits is the “Austen Tayshus” of ZT and this is the RL equivalent of “Australiana”.

      So I said “Wattle we do about Nulla?”
      He said “Nullabors me to tears, leave him at home.”
      Pretty soon Ayers Rocks in and things really started jumpin’.
      It was a really hot day; Oscar felt like a swim.
      He said to Ina, “Do you want a have a dip in the Riverina?”
      She said “I haven’t got my Kosiosko”.

      This kind of has been out of date since 1983 when “Australiana” had it’s run on the charts.

      “I mean how much can a Koala bear?”

  3. SSTID , yeah i got it early still sounded silly to be honest, plus i could have made good money with that kilo

  4. ‘Ethan hell!’ shouted Linnett ‘that’s a Lowe act’ as she Feldt her bottom after Jordon Mclean’d into her with the Kane. ‘That’s for having a Thurston for Michael’s Morgan’ said Jordon.

    • It’s good to see you in good humour Rabbits. I think those carrots were fermented, that’s what happens when you stay down the rabbit hole too long. Breathe deep rabbits, get some clean air into those lungs and for goodness sake get rid of those carrots, or you will end up pickled! Are you listening Rabbits? Rabbits? Don’t start me Rabbits! DON’T start me!

  5. Great Squad. Hess Bolton and Asiata on the bench is strong.

    Ethan Lowe is underrated in my opinion. I’d like to see him get an Origin game at some point.

  6. ‘Asiata!’ said John. ‘What does that mean?’ asked Linnett curiously. ‘I don’t know’ said John.
    ‘O’Neil, get the Winterstein out of the cupbaord. It’s a long way to Taumalolo.’ requested Linnett.
    ‘Are we Coen too?’ asked Martin ‘for Te Marie?’

  7. Scott Bolton out the door said Kyle Feldt Micheal’s Morgan Justin time for Linnett to catch him. ‘Linnett was Ethan swearing a lot!.’ Scott had said.

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