Cowboys keep hold of Winterstein


North Queensland Cowboys wing Antonio Winterstein has re-committed to the NRL club, signing a two-year deal.

Winterstein joined the Cowboys from the Brisbane Broncos in 2011 and has made 162 appearances in the NRL.

The New Zealand-born wing has crossed for 75 tries and his new deal will take him through until the end of 2018 with the Cowboys.

"Tones has proven himself at this level time and again," Cowboys coach Paul Green said.

"He's a consistent performer, a great finisher and shows strong leadership on and off the field.

"To play over 150 games at this level is no mean feat and we're thrilled to have him continue his time at the club."

Winterstein and the Cowboys have made a strong start to their premiership defence, claiming five wins from seven games.

The 27-year-old said he never wanted to leave North Queensland, where he has settled with his young family.

"It really feels like home up here now," Winterstein said.

"We arrived in North Queensland five years ago, we absolutely love the club and the lifestyle, and so I'm pleased to be able to continue to play for the Cowboys.

"I'm enjoying my footy, we had great success last year and I'm extremely positive about what lies ahead."