Two members of the 2022 PNG Hunters playing squad – Sherwin Tanabi and Anthony Worot – will spend this week training with the North Queensland Cowboys Young Guns side and will compete in a trial match this weekend against the Mackay Cutters.
The match will be the curtain raiser to the North Queensland Cowboys versus Brisbane Broncos NRL trial.
Hunters’ assistant coach Stanley Tepend will also spend the early part of the week in the North Queensland Young Guns camp as part of his ongoing professional development.
It is just rewards for Tanabi and Worot who are nearing the end of an impressive pre-season program and now have a chance to impress at an NRL development level.
It is also a wonderful opportunity for Hunters’ players to be looked at by first grade coaches and for the Hunters’ brand to be represented at that next level.
Hunters head coach Matt Church said he was excited by the opportunity presented to his players and staff.
“I am very happy for Sherwin and Anthony to be spending the week with the North Queensland Young Guns squad and I would like to thank the Cowboys for their involvement and support," Church said.
"Both players thoroughly deserve the opportunity and I’m confident they will do the Hunters proud.
"We have challenged both Sherwin and Anthony to make the most of this week and to share their experiences with the rest of our playing group when they return.
"I look forward to watching their development continue this season.
"Additionally this is great opportunity to expose Stanley to best-practice coaching methods and further commit to his development as a coach.”
The North Queensland Young Guns face Mackay Cutters this Saturday at BB Print Stadium, Mackay at 5.30pm.