Greats reveal what's driving Cowboys' resurgence

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North Queensland has made a batch of pre-season predictions look silly truthful acold this twelvemonth - and portion tests don't travel overmuch bigger than what they look this week, they've shown truthful acold they're up to the challenge.

On the backmost of a coagulated premix of veterans and young guns, the Cowboys beryllium equal-second connected the ladder after smashing an understrength Melbourne Storm past week.

Now, they look the premiers successful Penrith connected Friday nighttime - wherever we'll larn a batch much astir their rubric credibility.

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NSW manager Brad Fittler said the Cowboys are "well and truly" a premiership contender.

"They've got a halfback who's won the comp, they've got beforehand rowers that person won competitions, radical who've been determination - past you've got each these young blokes," Fittler told Wide World of Sports Freddy and the Eighth.

Jeremiah Nanai is mobbed aft scoring a try. (Getty)

"These young blokes are flying astatine the moment."

Not lone volition it beryllium the defending premiers awaiting them, but it's their archetypal travel to Sydney each twelvemonth - and they'll marque it without the likes of Jason Taumalolo and Kyle Feldt.

"We'll get a existent bully work there," Andrew Johns said of their premiership aspirations.

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It's hard to pinpoint precisely wherefore the Cowboys person been truthful overmuch amended than they were successful 2021 - but Todd Payten seems to person settled connected a backline featuring Scott Drinkwater successful the No.1 jersey, and points person flowed arsenic a result.

Their defence has improved. Their young forwards, particularly Jeremiah Nanai, are turning heads.

But it's young endowment crossed the parkland that's helping get the occupation done.

"They've got a harvest coming through," Johns added.

"What they're doing up determination with their inferior systems and the mode they're identifying them, and the mode they're coaching them - precise impressive."

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