CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - JULY 14: Lachlan Coote of the Cowboys in action during the round 18 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the North Queensland Cowboys at GIO Stadium on July 14, 2018 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

There’s nothing worse than being kept in the dark regarding a certain topic, and North Queensland Cowboy Lachlan Coote is certainly going through those feelings.

The off-contract premiership winner is yet to hear from the Cowboys regarding their plans for him beyond the 2018 season.

Only three games remain in North Queensland’s 2018 campaign, with the fullback believing he will not be offered a new contract for next season.

Coote, 28, is even looking at an overseas move in order to continue his rugby league career as he starts weighing up all options.

Speaking with foxsports.com.au, Coote revealed his frustration behind the clubs indecisions.

“I still haven’t heard from the club at all,” Coote said.

“It would be awesome to know sooner rather than later with the family I’ve got now.

“I’ve got two small kids and the wife, the end of the year is quickly coming so it would be good to know now rather than later.

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“We’re pretty settled up here and it would be ideal (to stay) … so it is hard, but whatever happens, happens.

“That’s footy and that’s how it works now I guess.”

Coote became a Cowboy in 2014 where only a year later, he was a gigantic part in helping the club win its maiden premiership.

2018 hasn’t panned out the way Coote would’ve liked after being plagued with a hamstring injury at the start, then finding himself in and out of the first grade side.

Coote explains he’s unsure why he is playing reserve grade for the club but believes it could be as they dont see him as part of their future beyond 2018.

“I think probably going on form I guess, and I’m coming off contract this year and they haven’t given me any direction yet,” Coote said.

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“(Paul Green) has probably got a mindset of finding some combinations for next year. That’s all I can put it down to.”

Coote’s loyalty to the Cowboys is starting to wear thin as each day that passes without an answer from them increases other clubs interest.

“There’s a bit of interest out there which is good … I’m just waiting to hear from the Cowboys and find out where they’re at,” he said.

“(Super League) has been on the cards. I’ve never put that to bed so I always leave the option open.

“Obviously it’s a touch move going over there but if I had to do it we would get by.

“There has been plenty of other footy players with families who have gone over there and enjoyed themselves.”

7 COMMENTS

  1. Boo hoo. This guy had longer contracts on offer but chose to stay at the Cowboys.
    He got the in-laws a house, so he should be happy staying in Townsville.
    Play for the black hawks.

  2. How about that. Lachlan Coote.. The player given the fullback role he wanted at Penrith, above Micheal Gordon. So Gordon left the club. Only for Coote to knife them in the back & leave for The Cowboys.
    I guess he got a Premiership Win up there & was a big part of that.
    Not as kind to their players up there as Penrith , are they Lachlan? At Penrith , they’ve even taken back Grant for his final year . Just as they did for Geyer, Alexander etc.
    Don’t take this ‘ Great Guy ‘ 😝 back Penrith.

  3. He’d be a terrific signing for the Storm, thats if Munster doesn’t end up going back to Fullback.

  4. He is a good footballer, like most footballers today they move around and sometimes they don’t fit in a club anymore, Whatever the reasons, you are not in his shoes, They all have injuries and sometimes moving on is good for them. 4 years at a club was good. Good luck to him and I’m sure a club will snap him up soon.

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