Kane Linnett to stay a Cowboy to 2016

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys' Most Improved Player Award winner from last season, centre Kane Linnett, has extended his contract with the NRL club until the end of the 2016 season.

The three-year addition to the two-year deal Linnett originally signed when he first moved to North Queensland from the Roosters was announced at Cowboys HQ by general manager - football Peter Parr today.

Linnett proved to be one of the buys of the year in the NRL in 2012, only missing two of the Cowboys' 26 matches as they qualified for the finals series for a second straight year.

Not only was he outstanding defensively, the 24-year-old averaged the most metres per game of any Cowboys back and collected 12 tries.

In a purple patch midway through the season, the left centre scored a try in eight out of nine matches.

However, his best game was probably in round five in Canberra when he surpassed the 200-metre mark and had seven tackle busts in North Queensland's Monday Night Football victory.

"We couldn't have been any happier with how Kane performed in his first season with the Cowboys," Parr said.

"He settled in straight away, had an excellent season in both attack and defence and we think there's still more development there in his game.

"He should come into contention for representative football in the near future and it's a big positive for our club that he's committed long-term to the Cowboys."

Linnett, who will start the 2013 season just three games short of the 50-mark for his NRL career, said he was pleased to have his future confirmed for the next four seasons.

"After that initial settling in period went by, I really started to enjoy living in North Queensland and being part of the Cowboys," he said.

"Both the area and the club suit me, I already have some great mates here and you can tell we have a team capable of winning a premiership."