SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 23: Michael Morgan of the Cowboys smiles after victory in the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Sydney Roosters and the North Queensland Cowboys at Allianz Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

The North Queensland Cowboys have announced that Michael Morgan has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the club.

Morgan, 26, will remain at the club until the end of the 2023 season as football staff plan long-term for life after Johnathan Thurston.

Thurston and Morgan will spearhead the Cowboys’ attack this season in what will be Thurston’s last year of playing, with Morgan stepping into the chief playmaker’s role from 2019 onwards.

It was a role he carried out with class and skill last year during the Cowboys’ golden run to a second grand final appearance in three seasons after Thurston was sidelined with injury.

“I’m stoked to be staying at the Cowboys, a club I grew up supporting and, later in life, proudly playing for,” Morgan said of his re-signing.

“Townsville is my home, I’ve been involved with the Cowboys since I was 17, I made my NRL debut as a Cowboy and all the positives in my career have come from me proudly wearing this great team’s colours.

Cowboys General Manager – Football Peter Parr said Morgan’s career at the club to date typified what it meant to be a homegrown Cowboy.

“Michael was a Townsville junior, was identified at an early age, and came up through our elite pathways system, from which point he earned an NRL contract with the club,” Parr said.

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“It’s no secret the sort of career that Michael has had since then. Since making his NRL debut as a teenager in 2010, he has helped the club to its maiden premiership and two grand final appearances in three seasons. He’s also made his Queensland and Australian debuts while playing for the Cowboys, something he and the club can be extremely proud of.

“To have him remain a Cowboy for a further five seasons is tremendous news for Michael, the club and all of North Queensland.”


  1. A great resigning for the Cowboys, Morgo will step up another level this year. Coach Green will be the next to put pen to paper 🙂

  2. Still pretty sus on Thurston not playing origin this year as well as being a bit doubtful on him finishing all up this year

  3. This is wonderful news for NQ. This guy is gold – can play anywhere in the backline, has the size and toughness for the backrow and would probably make a decent fist of dummy 1/2. And he seems to have no issues off the field. Ticks all the boxes, doesn’t he?

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