After a late arrival then illness slowed his pre-season preparations, recruit Eddy Pettybourne is ready to go against the Cowboys in Cairns on Saturday.

Fresh from 40 minutes as a 'guest player' for the under-2os against Seagulls next weekend, the tough forward will benefit from another hit out against North Queensland to put himself in the selection frame for the round one clash with Wests Tigers.

He spoke with the media today.

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