The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys will return to Mackay in 2019 after announcing a trial match with 2018 grand finalists the Melbourne Storm is on the cards.
On Saturday, March 2 Mackay will be treated to a big NRL preseason match up.
One of the new guys in Cowboys colours, Ben Barba says he can't wait to run out in front of his home town crowd.
"I'm excited about it all, I'm not going to sit and whinge and whine about too much because I've been given a wonderful privilege to come back to the NRL," says Barba.
The 29-year-old has returned to Aussie shores after a stint in the English Super League.
"The NRL is definitely a higher and much tougher level, and I've gotta try and find what I was doing 2 years ago, to find my feet again and get back into the swing of things," explains Barba.
As for having to face the Melbourne Storm, Barba sees that as a challenge and a great way to test his team.
"It's always good to test yourself against the best."
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