McLean up for Cowboys battle

09 January 2018 20:45:44 GMTPlus11

Hard work is Jordan McLean's focus as he hopes to earn a place in the Cowboys' top 17 next season.

The 26-year-old arrived at North Queensland having won a premiership with Melbourne Storm and a World Cup with Australia.

But he's not banking on his growing reputation as one of the NRL's top props counting for anything when it comes to coach Paul Green picking his Cowboys side.

McLean's arrival will give North Queensland one of the most feared middle forward rotations in the Premiership.

The newcomer's vowed to roll his sleeves up and embrace the challenge of making an impact at his new side.

"It was the dream year for a rugby league player to have, but now I've got to put in some hard work at the Cowboys and earn the boys' trust," said McLean. "I'm not going there with a big head, I'm going to do my time in pre-season and put the hard work in and hopefully some good things will come off the back of that."

Matt Scott is set to return to the field after a long-term knee injury and McLean regards him as a massive acquisition for North Queensland.

"As a front-rower he is a great fit and fills that different body shape that Jimmy Tamou played for us in the front-row rotation which I think is important," said McLean of Scott. "It is a hard tackle to make when you are trying to bring down a big, tall fella like that.

The former Melbourne ace said the Cowboys needed to be aware they would be targeted as a pack in the new season.

Scott feels the new signing will fit in well with the group of players he has at the Cowboys, with him having come through the Storm system.

The coach said: "We have a really good group of people up here and he is another one of them. He has a relationship with a few of our players through the junior system in Justin O'Neill and Ben Hampton."

North Queensland are 5/1 to win the NRL Grand Final, while the Cowboys are 1/1 to finish in the top four.

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