Peter Sterling says the Cowboys should do anything within their power to land Souths’ off-contract halfback Adam Reynolds.

Rugby league legend Peter Sterling says the North Queensland Cowboys should do anything within their power to land halfback Adam Reynolds should he leave the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The Cowboys stunned the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt on the weekend to bag their first win of the season and Sterling saw enough in the performance to convince him that a few tweaks to the roster could make them competitive again.

“There was a lot to like about this Cowboys performance compared to what we’ve seen of them,” Sterling told Wide World of Sports’ Sterlo’s Wrap.

“The one thing I do draw out of this – if I’m the Cowboys, I am going all in for Adam Reynolds. Because I think three-quarters of the spine is worked out.”

Josh Drinkwater chipped in with a try and two assists to stake his claim as the man to lead the club forward long term and Sterling said he likes the prospect of a Reynolds-Drinkwater halves combination.

“I like Drinkwater at five-eighth, we see the number of tries they scored off the boot, and he’s good with ball in hand. I think Reece Robson is a sharp dummy half who’s only going to get better, and I think Valentine Holmes’ position is at fullback, I like him there,” Sterling said.

The Eels legend praised the kicking game of Drinkwater, and said that having a general like Reynolds in the team would be invaluable – but they need a gun attacking threat in the backs to help take them to the next level.

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“Whilst I’m going all in for Adam Reynolds, and money is now available with Michael Morgan’s official medical retirement, I’m also looking to get a quality centre up there as well,” Sterling said.

“Put a couple of players like that in the line-up and they might start to make a bit of improvement.”

The win was sorely needed for the Cowboys, who had opened their season with four straight losses. They began the game as rank outsiders, especially with the withdrawal of Jason Taumalolo.

They’ll look to continue to build on this strong win as they host the bottom-placed Bulldogs on Sunday.

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