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Harlan Kemp is a writer of novels, screenplays and technical writing. He also loves cricket and football, especially the Cowboys. So he thought he'd try writing about that too.

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The part that interests me is defining what one means by excel.
If you mean win the Dally M Halfback of the year or take your side to a premiership, the list of players doing that in their first couple of seasons is pretty small.
Trying to fit a quantitative peg into a qualitative hole will only get you so far. I just thought it would be interesting.

Why build an NRL halfback when you can buy one?

Hampton’s the only weakness in that backline – and that’s only because he’s out of position. Let him compete for number 3 or number 14 and bring in a legitimate winger…then you’ve got one of the strongest backlines in the NRL (if mostly untested together).
Yes, Hampton’s played FB for the Cowboys before (and so the intent might be to interchange with Holmes in the early games). But so has Drinkwater, Feldt and Morgan. The Cowboys feel short one or two legitimate wingers.
The current squad should be legitimate contenders for the crown this year. If it turns out they’re not contenders and miss the finals, it’s only natural you start examining game plans and selections. Not Morgan’s kicking game.

Why I'm not sold on the Cowboys in 2020

When I saw the headline, I was ready to disagree. But I see your primary concern and I realise it worries me too.

Paul Green has said he went back to the drawing board. He’s said he recognised the need to reinvent the attack. Then he picks Ben Hampton on the wing. I’m a huge Hampton fan, but he’s not a winger.

Paul Green will always be a hero in the North. No matter what happens he brought home that first title. But, you’re, right, if the Cowboys don’t fire this season, he’s probably gone by 2021.

Why I'm not sold on the Cowboys in 2020