North Queensland playmaker Ray Thompson has opted to remain with the Cowboys for a further three years by signing a new deal.
Thompson has been thrust into the halfback role after new signing Robert Lui was stood down for the season after pleading guilty to assault.
But it hasn’t been easy for the 22-year-old, who has had to overcome two shoulder reconstructions in recent seasons.
“I can’t thank the club enough,” Thompson told the club’s official website.
“They nurtured me through when I had a couple of injuries.
“They really helped me through it and the least I can do is stay, help them and repay their faith.
“I’m so happy to be here and so thankful of the faith the club has put in me.”
Despite the absence of Lui, Thompson is not taking his current role for granted.
“I can’t be complacent,” Thompson said.
“I am here for the next three years but I’ve still got to work hard for the next three years.
“I want to help keep this team where it should be and that’s up the top.”