The man who helped steer North Queensland to a maiden premiership isn't the least bit surprised by their fairytale run to the grand final - he says it's "typical Cowboys".
The Cowboys enter the NRL grand final against the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium on Sunday night as huge underdogs - a status usually unfit for a side looking for a second title in three years.
It's because they made the finals by the skin of their teeth and have since gone on a giant-killing run to the decider in the absence of co-captains Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott.
Cowboys stars Michael Morgan and Jason Taumalolo have swallowed much of the hype during the stellar finals run - and for the most part, rightfully so.
But the outsiders boast 12 players from their 2015 success and are littered with diamonds in the rough that have made the past month anything but a surprise to former Cowboys assistant coach David Furner.
There's goal-kicking second-rower Ethan Lowe, who has his head taped up just like Furner did in his glory days with the Green Machine.
There's barnstorming forwards Scott Bolton and Gavin Cooper, who stepped into the captaincy role when two of the game's best players were shot down by injury.
Te Maire Martin found a new home in North Queensland halfway through the season in search of greater opportunity, while Kyle Feldt has been making highlight reels with his dashing efforts on the flank.
Then there is Shaun Fensom, who got his first start under Furner at the Canberra Raiders eight years ago but joined the Cowboys on the eve of the season opener this year.
"He was tremendous for Canberra. I was involved in his debut which is always exciting for a coach," Furner said.
"It's up to the players there. If a door shuts, and another one opens, you've just got to take your opportunities. That's rugby league and I think Fenno has done that.
"I know Fenno and his family really well and they'd be really happy. It's about opportunity. One door shuts and you get an opportunity there at another to go and play your best footy.
"That's what both Te Maire Martin and Shaun Fensom have done. What they're doing very well is playing extremely well as a team and playing at their best."
Furner left the Cowboys to take up a new challenge at the South Sydney Rabbitohs but he still keeps in touch with North Queensland mentor Paul Green.
Together they steered the Cowboys to the premiership in 2015, a season capped off by one of the greatest grand finals in rugby league history.
Furner was there to watch the Cowboys topple the Sydney Roosters and he'll take his place in the stands on Sunday as North Queensland aim for a boilover.
Furner admits he'll always have a soft spot for the Cowboys but he's also got ties to the premiership favourites through Storm coach Craig Bellamy.
They played together at the Raiders but it's not a moment from their playing days that sums up Bellamy the best - it's something from long before that.
"When I was a young kid and my father was coaching the Raiders, I would have been about 12 years of age, I just remember before the pre-season even started at the Raiders, we'd drive past Town Park in Queanbeyan, and there was Craig Bellamy doing extras," Furner said.
"He had already started his pre-season before pre-season. That gives you a bit of an insight into the mentality that he had as a player, and he's instilled that into his players.
"That would be one of his coaching philosophies there."
NRL GRAND FINAL
Sunday: Melbourne Storm v North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium. Kick-off at 7.15pm.
Melbourne squad: 1. Billy Slater, 2. Suliasi Vunivalu, 3. Will Chambers, 4. Curtis Scott, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Cameron Munster, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Cameron Smith (c), 10. Jordan McLean, 11. Felise Kaufusi, 12. Tohu Harris, 13. Dale Finucane. Interchange: 14. Kenny Bromwich , 15. Tim Glasby, 16. Nelson Asofa Solomona, 17. Slade Griffin, 18. Ryley Jacks, 19. Robbie Rochow, 20. Joe Stimson, 21. Young Tonumaipea
North Queensland squad: 1. Lachlan Coote, 2. Kyle Feldt, 3. Justin O'Neill, 4. Kane Linnett, 5. Antonio Winterstein, 6. Te Maire Martin, 7. Michael Morgan, 8. John Asiata, 9. Jake Granville, 10. Scott Bolton, 11. Gavin Cooper (c), 12. Ethan Lowe, 13. Jason Taumalolo. Interchange: 14. Ben Hampton, 15. Coen Hess, 16. Corey Jensen, 17. Shaun Fensom, 18. Ray Thompson, 19. Javid Bowen, 20. Braden Uele, 21. Matt Scott
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