The chances of Lachlan Coote remaining at North Queensland appear to be increasing by the day, placing huge question marks over a number of off-contract stars at the Cowboys, headlined by veteran duo Antonio Winterstein and Ben Hannant.

The premiership-winning pair have both expressed a desire to play on and have shown they are more than capable of doing so.

However, with 15 players off contract, the Cowboys face a salary cap squeeze and are will almost certainly be farewelling a handful of their premiership-winning squad at season’s end.

Justin O’Neill has been linked with a return to Melbourne, who are desperately short on outside back, while Winterstein, 27, has been touted as a potential option for Gold Coast, with the Samoan international providing quality and experience in the outside backs where the Titans are light-on for depth.

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