The rapid focus for North Queensland is inflicting an NRL upset towards Canberra on Saturday.
However Cowboys coach Todd Payten says their longer-term ambition is continuous to enhance their roster after the signing of halfback Chad Townsend.
North Queensland this week introduced a long-term cope with Cronulla’s premiership winner Townsend – with the playmaker anticipated to play a pivotal position from 2022 in nurturing their younger expertise and main the aspect along with his expertise.
Whereas this season should be in its early phases, the Cowboys are actively searching for the following technology of expertise to take the membership again into the finals dialog.
“We have to maintain one eye on what’s occurring in the intervening time and clearly about what’s occurring subsequent 12 months,” Payten mentioned.
“There’s at all times issues happening however, once more, it is not one thing that I am keen to publicly touch upon.
“However we’re out there for good folks and gamers to return to our membership.”
Spherical seven of the NRL has particular significance for Payten as he is tasked to out-wit former teammate and coach Ricky Stuart.
Payten was teammates with Stuart on the Raiders earlier than enjoying underneath him on the Sydney Roosters in 2003.
The Cowboys coach, in his first 12 months with the membership, mentioned he has picked up a few of Stuart traits however has developed his personal type.
“I’ve bought a few blow-ups like Ricky,” Payten mentioned.
“I do not attempt to mirror my teaching on anybody however I might prefer to assume I’ve taken the perfect elements out of the coaches I’ve labored with and been coached by.
“Understanding how Ricky coaches (this weekend) it is going to be the Raiders towards the world.”
Rain is forecast for Saturday night’s showdown in Townsville and Payten expects a troublesome contest from a Canberra outfit reeling from a shock drubbing at house to Parramatta in spherical six.
“We count on them to play by the center and we’ll be trying do the identical,” he mentioned.
“Circumstances will in all probability add to that, which makes our kicking sport all of the extra essential.
“So ball management, subject place and kicking sport is paramount.
“He’ll (Stuart) have them revved up and count on them to run off the again fence and frothing on the mouth, so from kick-off we have now to be able to for his or her quick begin.”