The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys have added Northern Pride fullback Hezron Murgha to their playing roster for the 2014 NRL season.
A dynamic runner and excellent support player who has scored 13 tries in 15 Intrust Super Cup matches this year, Murgha has agreed to a two-year contract and will take part in his first NRL pre-season starting in November.
From the Yarrabah Seahawks in the Cairns and District Junior Rugby League competition, Murgha is in strong contention for a Queensland Residents berth this month and is one of the key reasons why the Pride are sitting on top of the ISC ladder.
The 27-year-old has now played 68 matches and scored 35 tries in his ISC career.
“Hezron is a great story of someone who has persevered with his rugby league career and has now been signed by an NRL club,” Cowboys general manager – football Peter Parr said.
“He’s another example that just because you don’t make it as a young footballer, it doesn’t mean your dreams are finished.
“He’s kept at it, been part of a fine set-up at the Pride which has helped to develop his game and now can take his skills to the next level.”
Murgha is not the first older age Pride player to step up to the NRL squad with North Queensland.
Back-rower Joel Riethmuller made his debut as a 26-year-old in 2011 and has now made 17 NRL appearances to go with more than 100 ISC matches.