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Henry signs deal with Cowboys

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by clontaago, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

    +121 / 0
    NORTH Queensland have confirmed they have signed Canberra Raiders coach Neil Henry on a five-year deal from 2009.

    The Cowboys have also announced that they have secured Bulldogs centre Willie Tonga on a four-year deal.

    Cowboys chief executive Peter Parr said that Henry's previous experience at North Queensland would be invaluable when he officially takes over the reins.

    Henry served as current coach Graham Murray's assistant at the Cowboys from 2002-06 before linking with the Raiders last season.

    "The club has conducted a comprehensive and thorough process in finalising his appointment," Parr said.

    "Neil is a high-quality coach who understands our club and the north Queensland community."

    "He has served his apprenticeship.

    "We have no doubt he is the best person for the position and he has the necessary attributes to take this club forward."

    The North Queensland hierarchy told Murray before the 2008 NRL season that his contract would not be renewed next year.

    Speculation has since been rife over who would fill Murray's shoes.

    Rumours have also surfaced that Murray may not see out the season after North Queensland slumped to a 0-3 win-loss season start.

    But Parr confirmed that Murray would finish the season as coach.

    "We are quite happy that this decision ends the speculation," Parr said.

    Henry was tipped to take over after he exercised a get-out clause to gain an early release from the final year of his Raiders contract earlier this week.

    Meanwhile, North Queensland rubber stamped Tonga's arrival next year.

    Tonga, 24, said that the prospect of playing alongside Cowboys skipper Johnathan Thurston and North Queensland fullback Matt Bowen had lured him north.

    He has joined the Cowboys on a deal reportedly worth a massive $1.4 million.

    Thurston and Tonga were teammates at the Bulldogs in 2004 when the club won their last premiership.

    In the same year Tonga made his debut for Queensland and Australia and scored 18 tries in 27 appearances for the Bulldogs.

    A knee injury wrecked the latter stages of his 2005 season - the year he played the last of his seven Tests for Australia.

    The explosive centre believes playing alongside Thurston and being coached by Henry will help him break back into the representative arena after a three-year absence.

    Tonga is in his fifth year at the Bulldogs
  2. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    +5,437 / 74
    god that pisses me off. had he done this a few weeks back we were a better chance at getting hold of Carney!
  3. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +6,261 / 44
    That was probably part of the conditions of him getting an early release from his contract. Convince Carney to stay and we'll let you go to Townsville
  4. SilentBob

    SilentBob Well-Known Member

    +3 / 0
    5 year contract? They're keen.

    PONTIAN SEA EAGLE Well-Known Member

    +936 / 77
    It is ridiculos 5 years for virtually a no name.
  6. Nutzcraw

    Nutzcraw Active Member

    +4 / 0
    Contracts mean nothing remember.

    PONTIAN SEA EAGLE Well-Known Member

    +936 / 77
    Oh that henry,for a second i thought barcelona released him.

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