The North Queensland Cowboys have reportedly lured promising Broncos halfback Tom Dearden away from Red Hill.

The North Queensland Cowboys have reportedly lured promising Broncos halfback Tom Dearden away from Red Hill.

Senior News Corp journalist Phil Rothfield tweeted the news tonight.

https://twitter.com/BuzzRothfield/status/1386267327537180673

There had been much speculation about a looming swoop on Dearden after the 20-year-old was spotted at the Cowboys’ Townsville facilities during pre-season.

It now appears the halfback could be heading north for season 2022.

The development follows North Queensland’s recent acquisition of Chad Townsend from the Sharks.

However, Eighth immortal Andrew Johns believes Dearden and Townsend wouldn’t compliment each other in a prospective halves pairing.

“I don’t think they go together at all. I think they’re too similar players,” Johns said on Wide World of Sports’ Immortal Behaviour.

“When you talk about halves combinations, there’s got to be the yin and the yang. And the best example of that is Nathan Cleary and (Jarome) Luai.

“You’ve got Nathan, who is prepared and the game manager and plays the percentages, and then you’ve got the other hand: the extroverted risk-taker who just plays and doesn’t think and is just a ball of energy – and that’s why they go good together. So you need that alter ego and that yin and yang. I think they’re too similar players.

“And I think from the defensive point of view … they’d have two targets going at them from either side of the field.

“So for me it’s Townsend and Drinkwater.”

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