Cowboys keen to have Sing along in rugby league opener

? IT'S hard to fly under the radar when you're one of Queensland's finest try-scoring machines.

Harder still, when you're rid- ing high with the Cowboys in league-mad North Queensland.

But this is the predicament Matt Sing has found himself in every year since joining the Cow- boys four seasons ago.

The former Dysart Bulls junior returns to centre stage on Sunday when the Cowboys tackle the Broncos in their NRL season opener at Suncorp Stadium.

Sing is one of 10 Central Queenslanders in action during the opening round, which kicks off tomorrow night when the Wests Tigers launch their title de- fence against the Dragons.

After Brisbane claimed last year's round one derby, Sing said, it was important the Cowboys were ready from the outset.

"The Cowboys have always looked forward to playing the Broncos but I think these days they're looking forward to the match just as much as us,'' said Sing, who turns 31 next Monday.

With 143 tries from 246 first grade games, a quiet-achieving Sing said he was happy playing his role out wide in such illustri- ous company, including crowd fa- vourite Matt Bowen.

"I don't have a big role to play on the wing ? all the work is done up the middle by the for- wards,'' said Sing, who is confi- dent the Cowboys can go one bet- ter in 2006 after last year's grand- final loss to the Tigers.

"We have to put last season be- hind us and try to improve our game. It's a tough competition and there are no easybeats.

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