North Queensland will announce the NRL club’s new head coach, expected to be Todd Payten, at a press conference in Townsville on Friday.
Payten, who has impressed this year in a caretaker role at the Warriors, is set to be named as Paul Green’s replacement on a three-year deal at the Cowboys.
The ex-Wests Tigers player was a member of Green’s coaching staff during the Cowboys’ 2015 premiership season and will be making a return to Townsville.
Payten has been steering the Warriors ship since June following the sacking of Stephen Kearney, but declined to take on the job permanently due to his desire to live in Australia to support his ill father-in-law.
The Warriors sit ninth on the NRL ladder despite being located in Australia since early May and Payten has indicated he wants to see out the season before linking with the Cowboys.
A press conference confirming the appointment has been scheduled for 11am.
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