The lure of playing in North Queensland with a stellar representative lineup has won the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys the signature of Atherton-born Dallas Johnson on a three-year deal.
Johnson is an Australian and Queensland State of Origin representative lock forward, who debuted as a Kangaroo in 2007 and played 12 Origin games for Queensland (2006-09) and 158 NRL games for the Melbourne Storm before joining French Super League club Catalans Dragons for 2010.
Known for his consistency and high involvement, Johnson is a seasoned grand finalist and is held in high regard by Cowboys coach Neil Henry, who worked closely with Johnson in four successful Origin campaigns.
For Johnson, who will leave the Catalans to take up his position with the Cowboys for season 2011, his return to Australia not only heralds the resurgence of his NRL career but will also be a homecoming for the North Queenslander.
Johnson played junior league for the Herberton Magpies and is keen to settle his family in North Queensland on contract with the Cowboys until 2013.