FORMER North Queensland Cowboys winger Ash Graham will return to his old rugby league stomping ground.
The Cairns Kangaroo junior, who grew up at Mooroobool, is now a rehabilitation coach at the Cowboys and is travelling with the squad for the Barlow Park clash on Sunday afternoon.
“For me, it is a little bit different being a Cairns junior to go back to the place where all your footy started,” the 33-year-old said.
“I know I always looked forward to playing trials up there with the opportunity to play in front of family and friends in those surroundings.”
A wrist injury cut the Far North flyer’s 202-game career short in 2013.
Mr Graham graduated from Trinity Bay State High School in 2001 and completed his primary schooling at Balaclava State School.
“Rugby league is obviously fairly strong in Cairns. All my mates were playing so it was something I loved,” he said.
“People in Cairns are passionate about their footy. It is always a good atmosphere.
“I think they are a bit more a vocal than the Townsville crowd.
“It is only a small stadium so you get that local league feeling towards the game.”