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NRL Cowboys' Scott aims for WCC

  • NRL Cowboys' Scott aims for WCC

North Queensland have begun preparations for their NRL premiership defence, returning to pre-season training in Townsville.

The Cowboys officially set their 2016 campaign in motion on Monday, eight weeks after their epic 17-16 grand final win over Brisbane to claim their first title.

All of the club's grand final team attended the first training session at their base, including Clive Churchill medal winner Johnathan Thurston.

However Kangaroos and Queensland prop Matt Scott is on limited training duties after undergoing offseason neck surgery.

With no end-of-season representative schedule, the Cowboys stars have enjoyed a deserved break from football.

Coach Paul Green has warned his players against complacency as they attempt to become the first side to win back-to-back premierships in a unified competition since the star-studded Brisbane outfits of 1992 and 1993.

The Cowboys moved to shore up their future last week, extending hooker Jake Granville's deal until the end of 2018.

However a number of players including James Tamou and Lachlan Coote are off contract at the end of next season and so are allowed to discuss their futures with rival NRL clubs.

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