Journeyman Baptiste hopes travelling days are over

Cowboys newcomer Kurt Baptiste has certainly racked up the frequent flyer points since debuting for the Broncos in 2011.

The rugby league journeyman has also had stints at the Raiders, where he made 56 appearances over four seasons, before moving to England and then back to Australia to join the Roosters for the start of the 2018 season.

After spending the season as Jake Friend’s back-up with the premiership-winning Roosters, he made the move to the Cowboys in search of more game time.

Baptiste would like to settle in one place and is hoping that comes to fruition with the Cowboys.

“I've only got a year contract at the moment but I definitely hope I can stay," he said.

"I’m sort of getting sick of moving at this stage. It'd be nice to stay at the Cowboys but I've just got to play well and hopefully that will take care of itself.

"I've really enjoyed the pre-season and I’m enjoying the hot weather and all the boys have been good. We've got a good coaching staff here and it's great to get out on the field."

Cowboys hooker Kurt Baptiste.
Cowboys hooker Kurt Baptiste. ©Scott Davis/NRL Photos

Baptiste made his way into the side in round five against the Melbourne Storm and will come off the bench for a second week when they take on the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium Saturday.

Asked if there was a reason why he was a designated bench player, Baptiste told NRL.Com: “I think that's just the role I've played.

“When I first moved down to Canberra that's the role I was playing and I think it's something I'm used to and something I can do pretty well. At the same time, I’d like to play more minutes but whatever role I'm playing for the team, I'm happy with."

Although the Aspley Devils junior is not part of the regular starting side at the Cowboys just yet, Baptiste eventually hopes to become coach Paul Green's first-choice hooker.

“Yeah, I like to start but I haven't had too many opportunities to," he said.

"I'm just happy to be on the side at the moment and just want to keep working on my game and doing my job whatever that may be.

When it comes to hookers, Baptiste has been able to learn from some of the best while travelling from club to club. He rates Jake Friend from the Roosters as one of the best.

“He is just consistently good every game," he said.

"There wasn't much difference between his good and bad games and he's always someone that trains really well, does those extras at training, and you can tell that in the game how well he's playing.

“He’s been with those guys at the Roosters for a while so he knows their game as well which helps."

Baptiste shares the same thoughts for Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough.

“He’s a bit the same as Friendy, just consistently playing well," he said.

"He doesn't get injured too much and he's got a kicking game and he's really good defensively. [Canberra's Josh Hodgson is] a good player. He's been playing well this season."