The NSW Blues have been named for the first game of the 2017 #Origin series.
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Cooper said, ?It?s very exciting the club is close to home. It?s a new team and a ?one team one town? set up again which is awesome. No matter where you sign, it is going to be a challenge but coming to a new club is going to be a bigger challenge personally for me to ensure I cement my spot in the side early.?
While being closer to home was a factor in Cooper?s decision, another was being under the reins of trainer Billy Johnstone who is the current Cowboys trainer.
?Everyone has always said Billy?s a hard man but if he sees you are putting in (the effort) then he respects that. But for sure it was a part of my decision and with his help I will be a better player?, said Cooper
Coach John Cartwright said, ?Gav was sought after by a few clubs. We were lucky in that he didn?t want to leave Queensland. He?s young and enthusiastic and he can cover centre and back row and he will feature in the Cowboys run to the finals. I also believe he can play representative football eventually so we?re happy to have him.?
Also agreeing to a 1 year contract plus 1 year option with the Titans is former Burleigh Bears junior and current Cowboys fringe back row/hooker, Clint Amos. Amos has had outstanding success with the Toyota Young Guns and was awarded their Queensland Cup player of the Year for the past 2 years. He debuted in the NRL this year and became the 18th player to sign with the Titans.