North Qld Cowboys training at 1300Smiles stadium, Townsville. (c) Coen Hess.
North Qld Cowboys training at 1300Smiles stadium, Townsville. (c) Coen Hess.

Hess digs deep for Cowboys

COEN Hess hasn't played on a winning side in more than a month, but the tireless backrower says that has only inspired him to work harder to help drag the Cowboys out of their slump.

Hess admitted he felt mentally drained after a tough week where he featured in Queensland's Origin defeat to New South Wales before backing up for the Cowboys in an error-riddled loss to the Eels.

The 21-year-old missed his club's most recent win over Manly through Maroons duties which means he hasn't won a game in Cowboys colours since their Round 9 upset against Penrith.

Hess was given the option to sit out training yesterday give him a chance to recover, but the Iggy Park said he felt better getting back on the field with his team mates.

"I thought it would probably be better for myself to get some running in the legs. I usually feel better running it out than just sitting," Hess said.

"I think all the boys really stood up (at training). Everyone was energetic and really wanted to be out there to try and make amends this week. It was a pretty upbeat session.

"I obviously wasn't a part of the win against Manly so my last win in football in general was against Penrith and that seemed like forever ago.

"I'm very drained, but that's football, I guess.

"You've got to turn up with the right mindset each and every week. You can't be too hard on yourself or feel sorry for yourself. It's not going to do myself or the team any wonders."

Hess said the Cowboys had been guilty of overthinking this season, but he hoped a more back-to-basics training session would have them well-prepared to face the Warriors at 1300SMILES Stadium on Friday night.

"We're trying a bit too hard at times with simple stuff that you learn in juniors that should just come off at this level. I think that's where it's breaking down," he said.

"No one likes losing and you try your best each and every week to win, but I think if we can just relax and play the type of footy that we always have, that's where we'll get the joy."



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