There is arguably no NRL coach with a busier off-season ahead than Todd Payten with the Cowboys mired in a horror 10-match losing streak going into the final two rounds.
While it was always going to take time for Payten to turn the Cowboys around, and only their staunchest fans would have expected to play finals this year, it is not unreasonable to suggest the Cowboys have regressed this season.
Under Paul Green they finished 14th in 2020 with five wins from 20 games in the pandemic affected shortened season, while this year they currently sit second last with just six wins from 22 games and two games remaining.
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