Unwanted Newcastle forward Cory Paterson has signed with North Queensland until the end of 2013.
Paterson, 23, was forced out of the Knights after being told he would not be required as a member of incoming coach Wayne Bennett’s squad for 2012.
Despite being only 23, the Perth-born second-rower has already amassed an impressive 77 NRL games in his short career.
Cowboys General Manager Football Peter Parr said the club was delighted to aquire Paterson, who represented the Indigenous All Stars in 2010.
“He’s a very talented player,” Parr said.
“He’s only in his early 20s, has played almost 80 games and is a strong, powerful athlete.
“He was someone our coach, Neil Henry, and the coaching staff had previously identified as a player we would like at the club and we’re happy that we’ve been able to agree terms for him to come here for the rest of the season, plus another two seasons.
“I know Neil thinks he is a quality player and will no doubt add to our strength and depth in the forwards.
“He will be a very welcome addition to the Cowboys.”
Paterson will begin training with North Queensland next week.