It's an exciting time of the year, North Queensland neighbours and swapping Mangoes and Lychees, and the Cowboys are in the thick of pre-season training.
Coach Paul Green says guys like Ben Hampton have been upping their training efforts.
But it's a comment from co-captain Johnathan Thurston that has us raising our eyebrows.
The 34-year-old says it's great to be back after time away from the paddock, and that the current team is one of the strongest he's seen at the club.
That's a huge compliment to his fellow boys in the Blue and Grey!
The Cows will meet the Sharks in Round 1 of the 2018 NRL season at 1300SMILES Stadium.