Penrith recruit Lachlan Coote will start at fullback as one of seven new Cowboys making their club debuts in a trial against Brisbane.
Former Cronulla utility back Matthew Wright will line up for North Queensland in their opening 2014 NRL trial after the Cowboys signed him as a late replacement for sacked winger Wayne Ulugia.
Wright, who played 62 matches for the Sharks, will come off the bench for the Cowboys in Saturday night’s pre-season hit-out against Brisbane at Redcliffe.
Junior Kiwis flyer Ulugia, 21, had his contract torn up last week after the latest indiscretion in a growing list of club breaches.
North Queensland’s 22-man squad features new recruit Lachlan Coote starting at fullback, one of seven fresh faces making their club debuts.
New coach Paul Green has named a strong starting pack with Scott Bolton and Ashton Sims in the front-row, Anthony Mitchell at hooker and Jason Taumalolo partnering Tariq Sims in the second-row.
Green said Dragons recruit Cameron King and utility forward Rory Kostjasyn would also get time at hooker, a problem position in 2013 before Ray Thompson hit form late at No.9.
“I’ve named 1-22 but the numbers don’t mean much,” he said.
“I’ll be chopping and changing guys into different roles.”
Kangaroos stars Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott, James Tamou and Brent Tate have all been rested after only resuming training a month ago.