Patrick Kaufusi

Patrick Kaufusi

One of the North Queensland Cowboys’ best young prospects, front-rower Patrick Kaufusi, has agreed to a three-year NRL contract and will join the club’s full-time squad for the first time next month.

The 19-year-old, who came to the Cowboys from the Bundaberg Brothers, has played for the Queensland under-18s and Queensland Junior Origin team over the past two seasons and will be a chief contender for North Queensland’s NYC Player of the Year award at next week’s Cowboys Presentation Ball.

Kaufusi played 18 NYC matches in 2013 and was number one among the Cowboys forwards in total metres for the season and metres gained per match, as well as finishing in the top-three in offloads, linebreaks and linebreak assists.

He will remain eligible for the under-20s competition in 2014, but will train with the NRL squad under new coach Paul Green, developing his game alongside Test and Origin front-rowers Matthew Scott and James Tamou.