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Cutting out errors key to Hampton's success

Ben Hampton admits he must get the "big errors" out of his game as he prepares for a positional switch to centre for North Queensland.

Hampton has started in the centres four times in his 67-game NRL career, the last time in 2016 for the Melbourne Storm.

The return of Lachlan Coote from injury following a short stint in the Intrust Super Cup has pushed Hampton from fullback to left centre for the home clash with Canterbury on Saturday night.

Cowboys coach Paul Green has been impressed with the energy and speed Hampton has brought to his running game with the 26-year-old determined to bring those qualities to his new position while eliminating costly mistakes from his performance.

"There's a couple of things that I need to work on. I've been making a couple of big errors in the last couple of games and that's the biggest part of my game that I need to work on is just staying in the moment," Hampton said.

"I've grown a lot of confidence this year and hopefully I can just keep improving on it.

"I think that's probably been the best part of my game this year, my running game, so I'll definitely bring that this weekend and in the future as well."

North Queensland Cowboys utility Ben Hampton.
North Queensland Cowboys utility Ben Hampton. ©Scott Davis/NRL Photos

Five-eighth Michael Morgan said he was confident Hampton would embrace the positional change and make an impact.

"We've all seen this year how quick he is… he's been able to show his speed and agility since playing at fullback this year and hopefully he does a job for us at centre and I've got full confidence he can," Morgan said.

"He's a real competitor, it won't matter who's running at him… he'll put himself in front of it and have a crack and that's what you want.

"The type of position we're in, the players that you need are guys that will just have a real hard go for each other."

Opposition sides have been up in star half Johnathan Thurston's face in the opening five rounds in an attempt to limit his time and space and Hampton said he was determined to lessen the load on his co-captain against the Bulldogs.

"Teams come up and try and target your best players and 'JT' does get targeted a fair bit to try and take the sting out of his attack so I'll definitely be in and around there to give him a hand," Hampton said.

Hampton said Coote was "a great player and a bloke that everyone wants to play with" and would make a difference back in his usual fullback position.

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