JT replacement makes history with gigantic Cowboys contract
NORTH Queensland have gone all in on Michael Morgan.
Re-signing their playmaker on a whopping $5 million five-year-deal, the decision makers have put their faith in Morgan as the man to guide them into the future.
A Townsville product, the new deal should almost ensure the 26-year-old is a Cowboy for life.
"Michael was a Townsville junior, was identified at an early age, and came up through our elite pathways system, from which point he earned an NRL contract with the club," Cowboys General Manager - Football Peter Parr said.
"It's no secret the sort of career that Michael has had since then. Since making his NRL debut as a teenager in 2010, he has helped the club to its maiden premiership and two grand final appearances in three seasons.
"He's also made his Queensland and Australian debuts while playing for the Cowboys, something he and the club can be extremely proud of.
"To have him remain a Cowboy for a further five seasons is tremendous news for Michael, the club and all of North Queensland."
Ignoring the opportunity to explore his options with other clubs, Morgan's deal keeps him at the club until the end of the 2023 season.
He'll become the first home-grown "Cowboy for life".
"I'm stoked to be staying at the Cowboys, a club I grew up supporting and, later in life, proudly playing for," Morgan said.
"Townsville is my home, I've been involved with the Cowboys since I was 17, I made my NRL debut as a Cowboy and all the positives in my career have come from me proudly wearing this great team's colours.
"To be able to continue that journey and keep playing alongside a great bunch of blokes - and for our excellent coaching staff and our wonderful, passionate fans and members - is pretty special."
A product of Ignatius Park College, Morgan made his NRL debut back in 2010 and has played 129 games over eight seasons.