The ink had barely dried on Paul Green’s new contract before the North Queensland coach claimed he planned to deliver an NRL title by the time his three-year Cowboys deal had expired.
No one can doubt Green’s Midas touch after the Cowboys grabbed a share of the lead on the NRL ladder at the halfway mark of the season thanks to a club-record nine straight victories.
In just his second year as an NRL head coach, Green has 24 wins from 38 games with a 63 per cent success rate – the highest percentage of any Cowboys mentor.
In fact he is the only coach in North Queensland’s 20-year history to have a positive for-against record.
Yet Green hardly sounded satisfied judging by the bold plan he revealed after putting pen to paper on a contract that will expire at the end of the 2018 season.
“Premierships are hard to come by,” he said.
“But we want to compete in finals every year.
“And if we give ourselves a chance to win a premiership in that time, that is certainly part of the plan.”
Asked if the new deal had changed his expectations of the Cowboys, Green said: “None more than what is already on them – we fully expect success up here.”
Still, no one would be surprised if Green was the man to finally lead the Cowboys to the NRL’s holy grail.
He grabbed the Cowboys reins after claiming back-to-back Queensland Cup titles with Wynnum-Manly and enjoyed the Sydney Roosters’ 2013 NRL title success as an assistant to Trent Robinson.
He steered the Cowboys to the finals on debut last year despite North Queensland languishing in 13th spot as late as round 17.
“I was really lucky to be given the opportunity,” Green said.
“It’s been a real privilege. It’s not lost on me.
“I am humbled by the fact I have been given this chance and am excited about what we have done and what we can do in the future.”
Green’s North Queensland side travel to Parramatta on Monday night.