Cowboys veteran eyes shock NRL return

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A subordinate who past wore the Cowboys' jersey successful 2015 could beryllium a daze contender for a spot successful Todd Payten's team this season.

Veteran halfback Robert Lui has returned to North Queensland, signing with the Cowboys' feeder squad the Blackhawks.

Townsville-born Lui began his vocation with the Wests Tigers mode backmost successful 2009 - ironically alongside Payten.

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He has played implicit 200 games for the Tigers, Cowboys, Salford and Leeds successful England but is inactive lone 31 years old.

A acold amended subordinate than erstwhile helium headed to England successful 2016, helium could beryllium a useful back-up for different veteran, caller signing Chad Townsend, this season.

Former Kangaroos manager Tim Sheens, who handed Lui his NRL debut and besides took him to England, believes the long-serving fractional could beryllium an plus to the Cowboys.

"He is simply a astute subordinate and gained a batch of assurance successful Super League - helium could beryllium a astonishment packet," Sheens said.

Robert Lui is eyeing a daze instrumentality to North Queensland, having not played successful the NRL since 2015. (Getty)

Former Dragon could beryllium heading home

Another Aussie halfback could beryllium connected the mode backmost from the UK arsenic well.

Former Dragon Jai Field had a nightmare archetypal twelvemonth astatine Wigan, missing fractional the play with limb injuries.

He tore his hamstring truthful severely connected his nine debut that it required country and helium past did his groin upon his return.

Field is simply a people playmaker erstwhile acceptable and amended than respective fig sevens moving astir successful the NRL adjacent season.

Jai Field successful enactment for Parramatta successful 2020. (Getty)

Dragons fans weren't blessed erstwhile helium near the club, with galore believing him to beryllium the reply to their halfback problems.

Don't beryllium amazed if the 24-year-old gets approached to marque a instrumentality down nether successful coming months for 2023.

Warriors fastener up roar rookies

The Warriors person often been criticised for letting their champion young players permission for Australian clubs - truthful fans volition beryllium relieved to cognize they person signed 2 of the champion youngsters successful the state to agelong term-deals - astatine 15 years of age!

Halfback Asher Norman-Te Pou is the archetypal - a subordinate who has been earmarked arsenic the semipermanent successor to Shaun Johnson.

The kid has already played for NZ Maori and has been turning plentifulness of heads for Auckland's Marist Saints.

A jockey-sized 76 kilos, Pou plays good supra his value and is already showing each the skills.

The different 1 is Manurewa Marlins winger/centre Antonio Ulugia.

The nephew of All Black 7s sensation Kitiona Vai, Ulugia has gait to pain and has the size to bulldoze opponents.

Both are expected to play successful the Warriors' Harold Matts squad adjacent twelvemonth and their advancement volition beryllium intimately monitored.

Leilua saga drags on

At this signifier Luciano Leilua looks similar staying astatine the Tigers for 2022 contempt wanting retired to articulation the Cowboys aboriginal - but ticker this space.

The 2 clubs are talking regularly - and don't hide Cowboys manager Todd Payten was a subordinate of Tim Sheens' "miracle" Tigers' premiership-winning squad of 2005 truthful the brace are large mates.

Luciano Leilua aboriginal is up successful the air. (Getty)

The Tigers are unfastened to a subordinate swap and named 3 young Cowboys forwards who they would happily swap for the enigmatic Leilua.

But the reply from the Cowboys came backmost arsenic follow:

"NO

NO

and NO".

The clubs are continuing to enactment to effort uncovering a solution, with the Tigers knowing heavy down that determination is small constituent keeping the large guardant if helium doesn't privation to beryllium there.

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