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NRL 2022: Tom Dearden on rise with North Queensland Cowboys, Todd Payten and State of Origin

Eight months ago, Cowboys No.6 Tom Dearden had won just five of 34 NRL games and there were doubts he would fulfil his potential. But his mental toughness has turned it all around, writes JOEL GOULD.

“If you said to me at the start of the year that I would have been in Queensland’s Origin squad I probably would have laughed in your face.”

That’s 21-year-old Cowboys No.6 Tom Dearden talking about where his career was at the start of the year, compared to where it’s at now.

Dearden played the game of his life on debut for the Maroons in their stunning 22-12 win in the State of Origin series decider and has been a prime reason why the Cowboys have risen to second on the ladder in a stellar individual season.

Go back eight months and Dearden had won just five of the 34 NRL games he had played.

His career was in the balance and there were doubts about whether he would reach the…

Read more at www.codesports.com.au

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