The Cowboys have confirmed that star halfback Johnathan Thurston is not the only player who will leave the club at the end of the season.
A host of other players will not have their contracts renewed for 2019, including premiership centre Kane Linnett.
But North Queensland coach Paul Green has revealed that several others may have vindicated new deals, including speedster Gideon Gela-Mosby for his hot form in recent weeks.
"'Gids'[Gela-Mosby] has been in good from the last few weeks. He's sort of knuckled down on and off the field and he's scored a few tries so I'm probably dangling the carrot I suppose," Green told qld.com.au.
The 20-year-old faced court earlier this year for driving while unlicensed, but has since redeemed himself and has been named in the 21 this week.
"He's got his act together on and off the field and that's where his challenge is, he's putting it together on the field," Green said.
"He certainly has plenty of potency out there, plenty of speed, he's scored a few tries in the Intrust Super Cup, so I just want to let him know he's not far away."
Green added that Queensland Cup players Murray Taulagi and Kurt Wilshire will also be pushing for selection.
"We've got some good young guys coming through... Murray Taulagi has been doing some good things, he's still young and young football wise too in terms of his experience," the coach said.
"He's had a good year so far and down the track we see those guys hopefully playing a bit more of a part in our first-grade team."
"Kurt is another one, he's 19 and played the year in Q Cup and done a really good job down there at Mackay.
"He was a guy that played well in the under-20s New South Wales v Queensland game as well, they're the guys who are the future of the club."
The Cowboys said that the omission of a player of Linnett's ilk was a tough reality for the club.
"It's not a good part of the job, especially with a guy like Kane. He's contributed heaps to our success over the last five years, certainly since I've been here, he's a good fella, a good guy to have around so it's not easy," Green said.