Cronulla halfback Chad Townsend has reportedly agreed to join North Queensland on a lucrative three-year NRL deal.
Chad Townsend appears set to join North Queensland as the NRL club seek to replace the retired Michael Morgan and Newcastle-bound Jake Clifford.
News Corp has reported that the 30-year-old Townsend has verbally agreed to a three-year, $2 million deal with the Cowboys – as they look rebuild their squad after missing out of the finals the past three year and struggling again in 2021.
A premiership winner with Cronulla in 2016, Townsend is set to hold talks on Tuesday with incoming Sharks coach Craig Fitzgibbon, who will need to pitch a compelling argument to retain the services of the No.7 after the Cowboys’ lucrative offer.
North Queensland are prepared to open their cheque book with Morgan forced into a medically-induced retirement earlier this month, while 23-year-old five-eighth Clifford has signed a deal to join the Knights at season’s end.
Fellow half Scott Drinkwater is off contract at the end of this year with the Cowboys being linked with a swoop for 20-year-old Tom Dearden from Brisbane.