North Queensland Cowboys have confirmed the departure of nine players upon the completion of the 2023 NRL campaign.
The NRL outfit will farewell the players at their presentation night later this week.
Retiring Cowboys premiership winner James Tamou headlines the list, which also includes experienced playmaker Ben Hampton.
Tamou, 34, announced his immediate retirement earlier in August, having struggled with injuries throughout the campaign limiting him to just three appearances.
The prop forward enjoyed a remarkable NRL career across 15 seasons, scoring a try in the 2015 Grand Final victory over Brisbane Broncos.
Having also played for Wests Tigers and Penrith Panthers, he represented Australia and New South Wales, winning the 2013 World Cup over New Zealand at Old Trafford.
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