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North Queensland Cowboys coach Todd Payten and player Griffin Neame have been approved to return to the Cowboys squad from today.

Payten is allowed to return after being reclassified by Queensland Health as no longer being a close contact.

The reclassification was made last week, but as an abundance of caution the NRL requested Payten remain in isolation for 7 days and return a negative test today.

Neame has also completed 7 days isolation as a low risk contact and returned a negative test today.

The NRL thanks both Payten and Neame for their compliance, over and above public health orders.

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