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Gallant to join Cowboys

05/09/2009 09:21:32 AM Comments (0)

North Queensland have signed fullback Shannon Gallant for the next two NRL seasons after he was granted a release by Wests Tigers.

The 23-year-old had agreed to a new deal with the Tigers for 2010 but asked for a release because he felt he would get more opportunities with the Cowboys.

"In weighing it up, Wests Tigers have got Tim Moltzen, Blake Lazarus, Mitch Brown, Arana Taumata plus exciting young Toyota Cup fullback Jake Mullaney and another great prospect in Jordan Kahu coming from Keebra Park that can fill the fullback role," Gallant said.

"My best opportunity for myself and my family is with the North Queensland club.

"I approached Wests Tigers on compassionate grounds to release me from my fulltime contract next year.

"It was a tough decision as the Wests Tigers have looked after me and made me a good offer for 2010 but I feel like I need a new start with the Cowboys."

Gallant will provide further cover for the Cowboys, who are set to be without regular fullback Matt Bowen (knee) until May.

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