Former Broncos Tom Durden has been selected to start at quarterback tonight on his debut for the Cowboys.
Dearden earlier this year signed a three-year deal with North Queensland before the Broncos gave the 20-year-old an early release to link up with the Cowboys mid-season.
The arrival of the young playmaker comes at a perfect time after Cowboys veteran Michael Morgan has been lost to retirement. The club also allowed Jake Clifford to join the Knights earlier in the season with an early release.
“He’s a really well mannered, really respectful kid,” Cowboys coach Todd Payten said of Dearden earlier in the week.
“We’ve manipulated our attack points to take the pressure off him a bit, but his skills, speaking and direction have been very good, so I’m excited to see how he’s going.”
Besides including Durden on the squad, the Cowboys will welcome Jason Taumalulu’s return from suspension, while linebacker Valentin Holmes will also return for the following parent assignments with the Maroons.
Sea Eagles team: 5. Robin Garrick 2. Jason Saab 4. Morgan Harper 15. Moses Sully 3. Brad Parker 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Sherry Evans 8. Taniela Pasika 9. Lachlan Crocker 10. Martin Taobao 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Karl Lawton 13. Jake Trbojevic 14. Dylan Walker 16. Ben Trbojevic 17. Tavovoa Sibley 18. Kurt Day-Lewis
Cowboys team: 1. Valentine Holmes 18. Justin O’Neal 3. Javed Bowen 4. Hamisu Tabway Fido 5. Murray Tulagi 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Tom Dearden 8. Tom Gilbert 9. Rhys Robson 10. Jordan MacLean 11. Shane Wright 12. Quinn Hess 13 Jason Taumalulu 14. Jake Granville 15. Peter Hola 16. Lachlan Burr 17. Francis Mollo