COWBOYS recruit Te Maire Martin has given a frank assessment of his form, claiming he is not doing enough to support the team’s leaders.
Martin, who joined North Queensland mid-season, has now played six games for his new club, all from a starting position in the halves.
But with the Cowboys clinging to a top-eight spot, the youngster is determined to do more in coming weeks to ensure his side is playing football come September.
While it has been difficult for him to create new combinations and to settle in an ever-changing side given the number of injuries the Cowboys have faced, he said the club needed people to stand up as leaders and he did not think he had done that.
“You try to (take on a leadership role),” Martin said.
“I think (Michael Morgan) is really trying hard but I don’t think I’m offering enough support for him. I know Cootey (Lachlan Coote) talks a lot and organises as well.
“It’s just a communication thing that I need to pick up.
“I’m not too sure why (it’s happened). You do grow and get confident with it.
“(On Saturday) I took a few opportunities but I know I can do more. It’s choosing to do it at the right times and fitting in and getting used to it. I’ll sit down with Greeny (coach Paul Green) and see what he thinks.”
Despite Martin’s concerns about the role he has played since joining the Cowboys, there is no doubt he has fit in well with the side.
With games against the Tigers and Broncos awaiting the Cowboys, Martin said it would be good to get Gavin Cooper and Antonio Winterstein back in the side, especially as the duo played on the same edge as him.
He said he hoped to strengthen his combinations and, in turn, find that leadership.
“I’ve never seen so many injuries before and it’s most of the experienced players,” he said.