We would like to thank our departing players for their time and service to the club and wish them all the best in the future 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/IGle5XagAQ
— NQ Cowboys (@nthqldcowboys) September 19, 2023
The Cowboys will be saying goodbye to a wealth of experience with the departures. Utility Hampton has played 82 games for the Cowboys since making the switch from Melbourne in 2017. Dunn has been part of the squad since 2018, making 57 appearances for the Townsville club over six seasons.
Elliot has played for five different NRL clubs during his career and wore the Cowboys jersey three times in 2023, with Townsville junior Shibasaki also making two top-grade appearances this season.
Both Bourke and Sadrugu were yet to make their NRL debut.
Interestingly, veteran Jordan McLean was not one of the names on the list to be farewelled which suggests the off-contract prop is likely to be offered a new deal for 2024.
Cowboys head coach Todd Payten was reported earlier in the season to be confident that McLean would remain with the club in the future.
"I am optimistic," Payten said regarding if McLean would remain a Cowboy for next season.
"You can never say one hundred per cent certain but I know how settled he is and I know what he means to the club."