North Queensland Cowboys
Looking for JT sidekick?

Rumours are swirling that the Cowboys are in the hunt to obtain a sidekick for half-back Johnathan Thurston.

One player supposedly on the Cowboys radar is Bulldogs five-eighth Ben Roberts. Roberts is contract to the Dogs until the end of next season but the Cowboys are apparently enquiring into his availability to head north immediately.

With the Dogs signing Trent Hodkinson and Kris Keating to play in the halves, as well as having speedster Ben Barba who can also play there, it’s not out of the question that Roberts could be available.

The other name floating around on the Cowboys radar is Wests Tigers bad boy, Robert Lui. Lui is currently banned from returning to Tigers training while his court case for nine offences against his pregnant girlfriend is ongoing.

It’s understood that if the Tigers end up releasing Lui from the remaining two years on his contract, the Cowboys would be interested in signing the promising rookie.

Either of Roberts or Lui would be an upgrade for the Cowboys current halves troubles but it still remains to be seen if Thurston will even be there next season. The Cowboys have apparently been toying with the idea of releasing the highly paid player in a shake-up of the club.

There has been on going speculation that Thurston has fallen out with coach Neil Henry – a claim he has vehemently denied.