Official: Cowboys poach McGuire from Broncos
QUEENSLAND enforcer Josh McGuire's move to North Queensland has been confirmed, after the Cowboys announced on Monday they have signed the star forward on a four year deal.
In one of the biggest shocks of the pre-season, the Broncos lock will make an immediate switch to the Cowboys, where it is now likely he will finish his NRL career.
The 28-year-old was one year into a four-year contract with the Broncos, but Brisbane are understood to have agreed to the release given the amount of forward depth coming through their ranks.
The Cowboys meanwhile wanted to boost their own forward stocks, especially as veteran prop Matt Scott fights back from a neck injury.
Coach Paul Green has worked with McGuire at both the Queensland Academy of Sport and the Broncos Academy and said he was looking forward to reconnecting with him in Townsville.
"I coached Josh as a junior at both the Queensland Academy of Sport and the Broncos Academy and have followed his career closely," Green said.
"His development over the years has really impressed me and to reconnect and have the opportunity to work with him again is something I'm personally really looking forward to.
"I'm really excited about what Josh can bring to the Cowboys."
It's yet to be seen where Green intends on playing McGuire, as the Cowboys boast arguably the best No.13 in the game in Jason Taumalolo.
But Cowboys director of football Peter Parr, suggested the 28-year-old will be in the middle third somewhere.
"We have been looking to strengthen our squad by signing another quality middle forward and clearly as a current Australian and Queensland player Josh fits that bill," Parr said.
"As a player he has the attributes other players like to have in a teammate and we are excited to have someone of Josh's quality joining the likes of Jordan McLean, Matt Scott, Scott Bolton and Jason Taumalolo in the middle of the field.
"With his experience he'll be able to help with the continued education of some of our younger forwards including Corey Jensen, Emry Pere and Francis Molo."
It's a huge blow for the Broncos, as McGuire has been a leader at the club since making his debut in 2009.