BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 26: Josh McGuire of the Broncos takes on the defence during the round 20 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Cronulla Sharks at Suncorp Stadium on July 26, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

The North Queensland Cowboys have confirmed the signing of Australian forward Josh McGuire on a four-year deal.

The 28-year old brings 194 games of NRL experience after making his debut with the Brisbane Broncos in 2009.

McGuire also has made 10 appearances for Queensland, eight for Australia and seven for Samoa, providing depth to North Queensland’s forward pack.

Cowboys coach Paul Green was excited to reunite with Green, having coached the veteran enforcer during his junior days.

“I coached Josh as a junior at both the Queensland Academy of Sport and the Broncos Academy and have followed his career closely,” Green toldΒ cowboys.com.au.

“His development over the years has really impressed me and to reconnect and have the opportunity to work with him again is something I’m personally really looking forward to.

“I’m really excited about what Josh can bring to the Cowboys.”

Cowboys director of football Peter Parr was also thrilled by the signing a player of McGuire’s ilk.

“We have been looking to strengthen our squad by signing another quality middle forward and clearly as a current Australian and Queensland player Josh fits that bill,” Parr said.

“As a player he has the attributes other players like to have in a teammate and we are excited to have someone of Josh’s quality joining the likes of Jordan McLean, Matt Scott, Scott Bolton and Jason Taumalolo in the middle of the field.

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“With his experience he’ll be able to help with the continued education of some of our younger forwards including Corey Jensen, Emry Pere and Francis Molo.”

12 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for your efforts Josh, you always gave your best when playing for the Broncs. Enjoy your time at the Cows!!!

    • This insures when Bennett starts coaching Soufths next week that the money freed up by letting Maguire leave means no Brisbane Babes will be following him to COLLECT A SPOONπŸ‘΄πŸ₯„

      • Man you do sound like Russ Crower Woody, shame on you, i thought you were better than that , to stoop to that level is not good, to pretend your a supporter of a club only to put sh!t on them is disgraceful, the quicker you leave this site the better.

        • What are talking about Penso??????????/, I think Regenald Reagan has given you a bum steer there mate. But I do stick with my statement. Bennett is going to totally destroy your rabbits and by letting Maguire leave insure money freed up will go to the young brigade. So I wouldn’t be counting on any players from Brisbane going to Soufths. They extra money you blokes have freed up will be spent on trying to retain Cook.

      • “This insures when Bennett starts coaching”

        Unfortunately Woody (whispered: Russ), underwriters have informed the club that Bennett is too old to be insured! I guess there goes our last chance to make this exchange a financial success! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  2. The Broncos culture sure has changed in recent years. They are putting a lot of faith in these young players and are shelving out big money on “pontential” certainly not form. McGuire has over the years been one of their best, now they are letting him go to sign a winger and a few potential forwards.

    • Although I am no fan of McGuire (and I won’t pretend otherwise) I agree with you leagueguru. The Broncos have lost a lot of experience with McGuire, Thaiday and Glenn and are relying on too many inexperienced players along with an inexperienced coach in Seibold who has had just one good year but has faced no test of adversity.

      It also helped Seibold to have experienced heads like Greg Inglis, Sam Burgess, John Sutton, Dane Gagai, Adam Reynolds and Jason Clark to help balance the youth and inexperience in the side.

      It will be a new challenge for the “rookie” coach, in only his second year, to find a way to coax Darius Boyd out of his fetal position when he realises that his Papa Smurf has abandoned him and left him an orphan in search of a new father.

      • It will be a challenge for him as I believe that on paper the Rabbits have a stronger, more balanced side than the current Broncos line up.

        • And Souths will have a coach that still gets confused during a test match and thinks he is coaching the 2010 Dragons, sleeps through half the match and needs regular bathroom breaks. So we are pretty much even-steven on that basis. πŸ˜‰

  3. Bennett, McGuire and Roberts No lost , but Glenn and Lodge will hurt. McGuire’s been sh#t 4 the last 2 seasons. How he made the Aussie team this year I don’t know.

  4. Bennett, McGuire and Roberts No lost , but Glenn and Lodge will hurt. McGuire’s been average 4 the last 2 seasons. How he made the Aussie team this year I don’t know.

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