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Player signings locking in talent
The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys have extended the contracts of three members of their NRL squad and rewarded Queensland Junior Origin back Zac Santo with his first senior contract.
Ethan Lowe, who made his NRL debut against the Gold Coast Titans earlier this season, has signed a new two-year deal, as has Scott Bolton who recently brought up a century of appearances for the Cowboys.
Glenn Hall has had his contract extended to the end of the 2014 season after playing 65 top-grade games since making his North Queensland debut at the start of 2011.
Santo, who was the Cowboys' NYC Player of the Year last year, has joined Javid Bowen in gaining a promotion from the under-20s to the NRL squad next season.
He has signed on for 2014 and 2015.
The 20-year-old from Charters Towers was a member of the Cowboys' 2011 NYC grand final team and moved past the 50-game mark in the under-20s before having his season halted by appendix surgery last month.
He represented Queensland for the first time at Junior Origin level in April and has spent some time training with the full-time NRL squad this season.
"It's very pleasing for our club to be able to retain the experience of Scott and Glenn in our forward pack and extend the contracts of both Ethan and Zac who have the potential to be long-term NRL players," Cowboys general manager - football Peter Parr said.
"I think everyone has been impressed with the way Ethan and Zac have developed their games in the past couple of years and there's no doubt their best football is ahead of them.
"Hally and Bolts are the type of no-fuss, hard-working forwards that every club needs and will continue to provide great service to the Cowboys."