Taumalolo signs 10-year contract with Cowboys

By Sacha Pisani 22 March 2017 123
Taumalolo signs 10-year contract with Cowboys

Reigning Dally M Medallist and star lock Jason Taumalolo is set to stay at North Queensland Cowboys for life after signing an historic 10-year deal.

Taumalolo, 23, will remain at the Cowboys until the end of the 2027 NRL season, it was announced on Wednesday.

Terms of the staggering contract have not been disclosed but Taumalolo - who emerged from North Queensland's pathways program as a 14-year-old - is set to earn $10million.

"I'm very proud and honoured to be able to say that I'm staying a Cowboy for life," said New Zealand and Tonga representative Taumalolo, who made his debut for the Cowboys in 2010 and helped the club to their maiden premiership in 2015.

"This club – including my teammates, the coaching staff, and the people that are its heart and soul – means the world to me, as do our amazing partners, members and fans.

"One of the greatest pleasures of being a professional rugby league player with the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys is running out on to our home ground at the start of the game and hearing that roar.

"I started this amazing journey as a young kid in the academy program in a Cowboys jersey and I'll finish up in one.

"Holding aloft that NRL Premiership trophy with JT, [head coach Paul Green] Greeny and [general manager Peter Parr] Parrie and the rest of the boys is a memory I'll have forever."

Cowboys head coach Paul Green added: "I've been privileged to have watched Jase mature into an extremely talented footballer and it’s been a pleasure to see him improve year in, year out.

"He's extremely coachable, always wants to improve and has been integral to our recent success. This new deal is fantastic news for Jase, for our club, for our partners, for our members and fans, and for his current and future team-mates."

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