Hall settling into the Cowboys

Just two weeks ago Glenn Hall was without a club after leaving English Super League side the Bradford Bulls.

The 29-year-old had his first training session yesterday with the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys, mere hours after touching down in Townsville.

Keen to make an explosive return to the NRL after a year playing abroad, the experienced front rower was more than pleased when the Cowboys made first contact, on the search for yet another addition to their new-look forward pack.

“They’ve got a good balance of youth and experience, especially with guys like Dallas Johnson coming in to the side and guys like Ashton Sims who’s been to a few clubs and have that experience,” Hall said.

“We can instill in the younger blokes what it means to be in first grade footy week in and week out and hopefully that translates to our work on the field.”

Greeting the club’s newest signing at the airport, Cowboys General Manager – Football Peter Parr expressed his faith in Hall.

“He’s played some very good football over the last three or four years, so we hope that will continue,” Parr said.

“We will now have a pack that can compete with most teams, if we can do that then with the calibre of players we have in our backline, then we think we can have a really competitive season.”

Having spent the past fifteen months enduring freezing cold conditions on the other side of the globe, NRL premiership winner Glenn Hall was on the lookout for somewhere boasting a slightly warmer climate.

Yesterday, he was glad to declare his search had come to an end.

“It’s a bit of a change to the minus 12 degrees I was training in not long ago,” Hall joked.

“But I’m very much looking forward to it and what a place to do it in.”

Hall was instantly delighted with his new North Queensland surroundings, which he and his wife Kylie have chosen as the perfect place to welcome the newest addition to their family.

“We’re about to have a baby in six weeks,” he said.

“The opportunity for us to come up here and start our little family is something massive for us.”

Being presented with the chance to play a senior role within the team and assist the development of a young, new-look Cowboys squad also assisted Hall’s decision to migrate.

That, and the possibility of helping the club reach its potential in 2011 and in the years beyond.

“The team in the last couple of years probably hasn’t been as high up on the ladder as they would want, but they’re moving forward and with their support network up here I’m sure we can get up in the top eight.

“I’m hoping that with some of the experience I have on my shoulders I’ll be able to help the Cowboys not just over the next couple of years but in the future as well.”