Warriors interim coach Todd Payten is set to be named as Paul Green’s replacement at the North Queensland Cowboys on a $1.5 million deal.
The Daily Telegraph reported Payten is set to be unveiled as the new Cowboys head coach by Wednesday on a mooted three-year-deal.
“Some breaking news from The Daily Telegraph’s Phil Rothfield earlier he is claiming Todd Payten will officially be announced as the new Cowboys coach on Wednesday on a three-year-deal,” Hannah Hollis said on Fox League.
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Ben Ikin believes it is the right call from North Queensland to bring in the rookie first-year head coach.
“Well deserved, if any week you wanted your team to beat the Newcastle Knights a top eight side the way the Warriors did this was the week,” Ikin said.
“Todd Payten needed it to happen. He has given his interview and he has backed it up with a stellar coaching performance.
“The Warriors are the story of the year currently sitting in ninth position on 14 points and still a chance of playing finals football if you can believe that.
“Todd Payten has put his hand up as a real coach of the future and it is good to see him get a chance.”
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Fresh off the Warriors’ brilliant 36-6 victory over the Knights on Saturday, Payten’s stocks have never been higher with the club still a hope of making the finals.
The Cowboys on the other hand slipped to their 13th loss of the season with a convincing 28-12 result against the Sharks that sees them in 14th place with a month to play in the season.
North Queensland Cowboys assistant coach Todd Payten in 2017.Source:Supplied
Payten beat a shortlist of John Cartwright, Josh Hannay and English coach Shaun Wane for the Cowboys post.
The 41-year-old has won four and lost five of his nine NRL matches to date for a win percentage of 44.4.
Originally published asCowboys set to announce Payten as Green’s successor
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