NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 17: Reuben Cotter of the North Queensland Cowboys passes the ball during the round 22 NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the North Queensland Cowboys at McDonald Jones Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

North Queensland’s Mitch Dunn and Reuben Cotter are set to extend their stays at the club, having both agreed to one-year contract extensions with the Cowboys.

Both home-grown talents, Dunn and Cotter have come through the Cowboys’ Elite Pathways Program, progressing onto the NYC and eventually the NRL, with Cotter and Dunn playing five and 11 matches respectively over the course of 2018 and 2019.

Dunn made his debut in Round 13 last season, emerging as a more than handy back-rower for the Cowboys, having played the majority of his junior football in the halves.

The 22-year-old had been a regular in the Cowboys’ outfit, before a shoulder injury in Round 13 put a premature end to his season.

Cotter’s hard grind to the NRL has certainly been unconventional compared to that of Dunn’s.

The 20-year-old missed three consecutive seasons through ACL injuries before making his long-awaited debut for North Queensland in Round 13 this season against Manly.

Cowboys Director of Football Peter Parr was rapt with the re-signing of both men.

“We’re delighted to re-sign two young players from our region who have come through our pathways program and have shown promise in their opportunities in the NRL,’  Parr said.

“We believe both players have big futures and we see no reason why these contracts aren’t the first of many at our club.”

The Cowboys travel to Melbourne this week, taking on the Storm on Friday night.