FORMER international David Fairleigh says he feels “privileged” to have joined the coaching staff on a North Queensland team for which the premiership window is still open.
The Cowboys have lost representative prop James Tamou to Penrith, but they still have the bulk of the side that won the 2015 premiership and finished one win out of the grand final last season.
Fairleigh, who has spent time on the coaching staffs of Penrith and several other clubs, says that now pre-season training has begun he is excited to be working with such a high-quality squad as one of head coach Paul Green’s assistants.
“I feel very privileged to be a part of such a great club,” Fairleigh says.
“It has certainly come a long way in the last few years, under Greeny’s leadership.
“A lot of good people here, a lot of experienced people, so I’m looking forward to fitting in.”
Fairleigh says the combination of established stars, led by Johnathan Thurston, and younger players putting pressure on for positions meant the Cowboys remained capable of going all the way.
“I think, definitely, the window is still here,” he says.
“Some quality senior players, as we all know, and some good kids coming through, good intermediate kids as well, so the club is in a very good place to be successful.”