MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 05: Nene Macdonald of the Dragons celebrates a try during the round 17 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the St George Illawarra Dragons at AAMI Park on July 5, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

North Queensland have added Nene Macdonald to their roster for the 2019 season, after the St George winger signed a three-year deal.

Macdonald was already contracted for the 2019 season at the Dragons, although the club allowed him to leave and head home to be closer to his family.

The 24-year-old has played 91 NRL over six seasons for the Roosters, Titans and Dragons, and has 31 tries to his name during that time.

Cowboys head coach Paul Green was thrilled to help bring Macdonald home for next season and bewyond.

“He’s a North Queensland kid and we like North Queenslanders representing this region,” Green told

“Nene is going to offer plenty of depth to our backline and had a fantastic year for the Dragons.

“I know him on a personal level after coaching him in the under 20s at the Roosters and am confident he will be a good cultural fit for our club as well.”


  1. Sorry to see Nene go, but this comes as no surprise, and gives Zac Lomax a great chance to grab a first grade spot. The Dragons have signed Jonus Pearson from the Broncos, but for some reason they haven’t made the announcement public yet.

  2. Wish we had a crack at this guy hes a good player, we could of gave them brad parker as well as cash. Oh and matt Wright

  3. 1. Holmes
    2. Fedlt
    3. Tuala
    4. O’Neil
    5. MacDonald
    6. Martin/Clifford
    7. Morgan
    8. Scott
    9. Granville
    10. McLean
    11. Cooper
    12. Hess
    13. Taumalolo

    14. Hampton
    15. Bolton
    16. Jensen/Lowe
    17. Asiata

    Ethan Lowe should look for a starting gig somewhere else, ease the salary tightness. Possible swap with the Raiders for Luke Bateman, who would be handy with Matt Scott soon to retire and only being 23.

    • Hopefully common sense prevails and O’Neill spends some much needed time working on his game… elsewhere. Opacic isn’t the best replacement, but with some time hopefully he will become a decent defensive centre.

  4. That’s disappointing. His size and strength gave us a 2nd rowers ability to be able to get out of the back end..
    I hope we know what we are doing here.

  5. Why would the dragons just let him leave without getting anything in return? It’s not like there are good wingers for sale at the moment.

    Mann better not get a shot at wing, we need speed on the wings.

  6. Another successful young player who came through the Roosters development program from a young age and made his NRL debut with the Roosters as a 19yr old. In 2012, he joined the Sydney Roosters. He played for the Roosters’ NYC team in 2012 and 2013. In 2013 and 2014, he played for the Queensland Under-20s team. In 2013, he played for Papua New Guinea against the Prime Minister’s XIII team, scoring a try. In 2013, Macdonald was selected in the Papua New Guinea squad for the 2013 World Cup. He played in 3 matches and scored a try in Papua New Guinea’s 9-8 loss to France. On 11 February 2014, Macdonald was selected in the Roosters’ inaugural 2014 NRL Auckland Nines squad. In Round 11 of the 2014 NRL season, he made his NRL debut for the Roosters against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs on the wing and scored a try in the Roosters’ 32-12 win at ANZ Stadium. He finished his debut year in the NRL having played 7 games and scoring 3 tries for the Roosters. On 2 September 2014, he was named on the wing in the 2014 NYC Team of the Year. On 31 January and 1 February, Macdonald again played for the Roosters’ in the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines. On 2 May, he played for Papua New Guinea against Fiji in the 2015 Melanesian Cup, playing on the wing in the Papua New Guinea’s 22-10 loss at Cbus Super Stadium. On 16 June, he signed a ​1⁄2-year contract with the Gold Coast Titans mid-season effective immediately.

    Penzo we put a lot of time and effort into our development program for young players, this is another test player who learnt his trade at the Roosters💪🎱👍🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓🐓

  7. Redv90 just putting it out there but with the players we’ve recently let go does this free up the money for Oates?
    If not Oates then I’m expecting some type of announcement shortly.
    Lomax has to play in the centres so he won’t be a replacement winger and Mann is to good a player to be on the wing.

    • Would Corey Oates leave the Broncos to play wing, when he said he wants to play second row?
      Nene is a huge loss, really hit his stride this season. We need one experienced winger, given Periera is a rookie, albeit with promise.

      I’ll bet Mann leaves too.

  8. Settle down everyone, we’re talking about a winger here, and not a very reliable one either. Plenty of juniors to be put into that spot including Wendell junior and a bunch of other new recruits.

      • That wasn’t hard considering how Nightingale went. Remember though he’s only a winger. Perera and Mann can cut it and Wendell junior and a few others look good prospects, might me time to bring them along.

  9. The word was that St.George had some salary cap pressure. That’s the reason for MacDonald leaving & the reason Mann was having talks with Newcastle.
    They signed some youngsters , plus MacDonald, Mann aren’t really high cost players. If Mann goes , it still won’t leave much room in the cap.
    So don’t know if supporters can expect any other high profile recruits.

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