Cowboys extend Tate contract

Kangaroos and Queensland outside back Brent Tate will be a Toyota Cowboy until the end of the 2015 NRL season after today agreeing to a one-year contract extension.

The 32-year-old has played 63 games for North Queensland since joining in 2011 and last season reached the 200-game milestone in his NRL career.

His new contract will open up the opportunity for him to reach a century of matches for the Cowboys and the 250-game mark in 2015.

"I've really loved my time in North Queensland so it's great that I'll be able to stay here at the Cowboys for at least another season and a half," Tate said.

"I think I still have plenty to offer the club and happily they think the same way.

"I'm definitely still enjoying playing football, being a North Queenslander and everything that goes along with it."

Cowboys general manager - football Peter Parr said Tate's longevity in the NRL - this contract will extend his career to 15 seasons - was a tribute to his ability, character and toughness.

"Tatey is one of the NRL's most inspirational players and he's still playing rugby league of the highest calibre," Parr said.

"He's an excellent role model on and off the field and undoubtedly is one of the leaders of this club.

"You always want to have people of his quality around so we're very happy he's agreed to continue on with us for next year."

Tate has played in each of Queensland's last six State of Origin matches, taking his career total to 21 games.

He has also represented Australia on 26 occasions, most recently at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.

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