It's confirmed. After a couple of months of speculation James Tamou broke the news to fellow team mates this week that he was leaving the club at season's end.
It's no secret that Tamou and his family have felt isolated from their support network and in a game that's all about business these days you can't blame players for looking after their own welfare first.
The interesting part of the story is that Tamou has still not settled on a club. The major front runner appears to be Penrith. It is likely though, the 27yr old will be looking for a long term contract with whatever club is lucky enough to gain his service.
This gives further incentive for the Cows to go back to back this year as they will want to try and secure another flag while they still have the two Australian props on board. The next question for North Queensland will be what to do with the money they free up in the cap.
James Tamou debuted for the Cowboys in 2009. He has played 157 first grade games for the club and so far earned 12 caps each for NSW and Australia.
I'm sure no Cowboy's supporter will begrudge the decision and we wish you well!.