Rocky's Jake Granville a Cowboy for three more seasons
ROCKHAMPTON's Jake Granville extended his contract with the NRL Premiers, the North Queensland Cowboys, by two years last week.
On Friday, Granville inked a deal to stay at the club until the end of the 2018 season.
The NRL's form hooker, named North Queensland's Player's Player of the Year, was contracted to the Cowboys until the end of 2016, but the club and Granville finalised a two-year extension last Friday, following Granville's breakout year in 2015.
The former Broncos and Intrust Super Cup (ISC) player for Wynnum Manly under Cowboys coach Paul Green, Granville blossomed in his first year at the Cowboys and was a key player in the club's run to its maiden premiership.
Granville played in all 28 Cowboys matches in 2015, scoring 10 tries, including a hat-trick in the round seven 28-14 victory over the Auckland Warriors.
By season's end, Granville was the NRL's leading player for total dummy-half runs at 189 and dummy-half run metres gained, amassing an amazing 1524 metres out from behind the ruck.
Granville, the former St Brendan's protege, said he was delighted to stay at the Townsville-based club.
"I've loved every minute of my time here so far and I can't wait for the new season to start," Granville said.
"I settled in really well, I've loved playing under Greeny again and all my teammates have been tremendous during what was a memorable season for us."
Green said Granville's success was due to talent and determination.
"Jake is a great example of the ISC being a pathway for players pursuing an NRL career."