FORMER North Sydney and Test forward David Fairleigh is set to be appointed assistant coach of the Cowboys.
Fairleigh will replace another former Test forward, David Furner, who has joined Michael Maguire’s staff at South Sydney.
The signing of Fairleigh is a coup for Cowboys coach Paul Green. The former Rothmans Medallist has a distinguished career as an assistant coach, working with the Eels, Warriors, Knights and most recently the Panthers.
But he was sent packing by Panthers boss Gus Gould along with Ivan Cleary at the end of 2015.
But that opened the door for the Cowboys – and they are set to swoop.