Feldt aims to build on fundamentals
Kyle Feldt says he feels lucky he got the chance to win a premiership with the Cowboys.
And with one grand final victory already under his belt he's hoping to claim more while playing for Paul Green's side.
Feldt was North Queensland's hero in the 2015 Grand Final, but it came fairly hard on the heels of two approaches for him.
Former Cowboys assistant coach Peter Ryan sought to persuade the Townsville-born winger to switch codes and play Super Rugby for ACT Brumbies.
It was a temptation for him, given that he'd been dropped to the Queensland Cup by North Queensland after a perceived dip in form.
I felt as though I would be letting my town and region down to leave.Kyle Feldt
But after discussing the approach with his family, he decided it wasn't a move he was keen on.
South Sydney were next to try their luck, but again they failed. "The Rabbitohs saw something they liked in me and tried to lure me away from here, but I am lucky they didn't because I wouldn't be sitting here talking about winning a premiership," said Feldt.
"The Cowboys gave me the opportunity to make my debut in 2013 and that hit home; I am from here and I felt as though I would be letting my town and region down to leave."
Feldt's missed just three games, all through suspension, since round 24 of 2015, and it was his try in the corner right at the death against the Broncos that year that will always be remembered as a highlight of his career.
His four-pointer levelled the scores, and then Johnathan Thurston's extra-time field goal that clinched the premiership was made possible by one of Feldt's searing high kick-offs which Ben Hunt was unable to grasp.
Feldt says he learned from Green what was expected from him, and it has proved a valuable lesson.
"Now that is under my belt I know what I've got to do to progress to being a better football player, and that's building on the little fundamentals," he added.
"It is the little things that add up and make you a better person and player."
Now the 25-year-old flyer has re-signed with the Cowboys until the end of the 2020 season and is sure he can continue to learn under Green.
North Queensland are 5001.00 to win the Grand Final. The Cowboys are 5001.00 to finish in the top four.
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