CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - JULY 03: Shaun Fensom of the Raiders in action during the round 17 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Newcastle Knights at GIO Stadium on July 3, 2016 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

The North Queensland Cowboys have signed experienced forward Shaun Fensom.

The former Canberra Raiders stalwart, 28, has agreed to a two-year deal, and is expected to begin training on Monday.

He will be available for selection in the Cowboys’ Round 1 team to take on his former club Canberra at 1300SMILES Stadium on Saturday 4 March.

Of the 139-gamer, Cowboys General Manager – Football Peter Parr said the club was getting a quality, proven player.

“He’s a very good player and also very experienced,” Parr said of Fensom.

“With the loss last year of James Tamou and Ben Hannant, we have lost a bit of experience, so he ticks a couple of boxes there.

“He has come to us late in the piece and we were well-prepared to go with the squad we had put in place this season.

“But we were clear that if an opportunity arose to sign a quality player, then we would pursue that, and Shaun Fensom is a quality player. He plays in a position where we think we need to add some depth.”

New South Welshman Fensom is a two-time Raiders Player of the Year and had been with the Canberra-based club for eight seasons, debuting in 2009.