“We are delighted to bring Todd back to North Queensland and believe he is the right choice to lead our club into an exciting new chapter.
“His strong leadership abilities, the importance he places on culture and communication and the confidence he has in continuing to develop our playing group were all major factors in choosing Todd as our next head coach.”
Payten’s coaching stocks have soared since taking charge of the Warriors on an interim capacity this season.
The club have been based in NSW since the season resumed and, after Stephen Kearney was sacked, Payten has dragged the club to the precipice of a remarkable finals berth.
He knocked back the chance to coach the Warriors beyond this season due to family reasons and has now landed the top job at the Cowboys.
Payten is no stranger to Townsville.
He coached the club’s NYC side in 2014 and was an assistant to Paul Green in 2015, when the club won their maiden premiership.
“I am honoured to be appointed head coach of the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys,” Payten said.
“I’m excited for the opportunity which lies ahead for myself and my family. Returning to this club, town and region is something which makes us extremely happy.”
“I see a huge amount of upside within the Cowboys organisation and it is my job to see that eventuate into results on the field.
“Developing the players within the club to be good footballers and good men along with playing a style of football our members and supporters can be proud of will be my main focus.”
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Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.