Scott re-signs with Cowboys until 2017
Lifestyle choice ... Matt Scott will stay with the Cowboys for a further four seasons. Photo: Getty Images
BRISBANE: The North Queensland Cowboys have locked down one half of the club's captaincy package with representative prop Matt Scott re-signing until 2017.
Scott's signing augurs well for the club retaining the services of champion five-eighth Johnathan Thurston, who is reportedly weighing up a $5.3 million five-year offer from Penrith.
Scott's signing was confirmed on the club website on Friday morning.
The Queensland and Australia prop, who showed amazing mental strength to play through last year's Origin series after his mother passed away, said his decision to stay with the Cowboys was an easy one.
"In the end it wasn't really a hard (decision) to make," Scott told the Cowboys website after signing a new four-year extension.
"I've got a lot of support up here both in the club and outside of it.
"When it came down to that and lifestyle and factors outside of footy I'm very, very happy to stay a Cowboy."
The 27 year-old has played 141 NRL games for the Cowboys after making his debut in 2004.
He has appeared in 11 Origin matches for Queensland and 10 Tests for Australia.
His re-signing gives the Cowboys arguably the best front-row pairing in the NRL after fellow Test and NSW Origin front-rower prop James Tamou re-signed with the club at the end of 2012.
Thurston is tipped to announce his future next week.