The Courier-Mail

McGuire moves to Dragons

- MICHAEL CARAYANNIS

JOSH McGuire has played his last game for the Cowboys with the veteran forward agreeing to join high-flying St George Illawarra immediatel­y.

McGuire missed North Queensland’s first win of the season against the Tigers on Sunday with an infected elbow, however the issue is not expected to sideline him longterm. He spent 36 hours in hospital last week.

The deal between the Cowboys and St George Illawarra has been agreed to.

All that is left is final paperwork to be sorted out with the Dragons hopeful McGuire could line up for the club as early as Sunday against the Warriors.

The Dragons need the paperwork finalised by this afternoon to enable them to include the 31-year-old in their side. The Dragons pursued McGuire during the pre-season but he opted to remain a Cowboy under new coach Todd Payten.

But that has lasted just four games with the struggling Cowboys giving the former Queensland and Australian forward permission to negotiate with rival clubs.

His favoured destinatio­n was always the Dragons where McGuire will reunite with former Broncos coach Anthony Griffin until at least the end of next year.

He joins Ben Hunt, Corey Norman and Andrew McCullough who played under Griffin before he joined the club.

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