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Toyota Young Guns half Brent McConnell will make his debut in the NRL for the Cowboys this Saturday night when they take on South Sydney at Dairy farmers Stadium.
Brent 26 came to North Queensland from the Burleigh club in 2005 playing a major hand in the Young Guns premiership success in the Queensland Cup last year. With Johnathan Thurston unavailable due to Origin commitments and Brett Firman suffering a hip injury, Brent has been given the opportunity to step up to the NRL level.
Mark Henry another of the Toyota Young Guns squad in great form will also make his debut from the bench this Saturday. Originating from Canberra Henry a utility back came to the Cowboys from a season in Rockhampton with the Comets in the Queensland Cup. He already has a University degree in Nutrition and is studying for his second in Sports Science.
Other players to return include Steve Southern from a knee injury, Ty Williams broken leg and Ashley Graham from a knee injury all welcomed back to a team looking to get back on the winning list this week. Souths will be looking to put behind them the thrashing at the hands of New Zealand last week and bounce back with a victory.