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Cowboys re-sign Hess

Reigning Paul Bowman Medalist Coen Hess has agreed to a two-year contract extension to remain at the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys until the end of the 2024 season.

Hess has appeared in 118 games over the course of seven seasons following his debut as a 19-year-old in 2015.

The Mt Isa product enjoyed a remarkable career transformation in 2021. Long slated as a wide-running second-rower, Hess was moved to middle forward a month into the season by Cowboys Head Coach Todd Payten. He responded with a stunning run of form, culminating in being named Cowboys Player of the Year following the season.

Hess also emerged as a leader amongst a youthful Cowboys playing roster. The 25-year-old became a prominent voice in game preparation and led from the front on game day.

“We are thrilled to have secured Coen for a further two years,” Cowboys General Manager of Football Micheal Luck said.

“He’s a North Queensland junior who came through our system as a second-rower, but was moved to middle forward last year and we were really pleased with how he handled the transition.

“This extension ensures Coen can continue to focus on his development as a footballer, but also as an emerging leader in our playing group who we believe will be crucial in guiding our next generation of young forwards.”