Todd Payten is set to continue his NRL coaching ambitions at North Queensland after missing out on the job as Tigers head coach.
Payten is expected to be appointed the under-20s coach at North Queensland after Jason Taylor was preferred as the replacement for Mick Potter at Wests Tigers.
He is not part of Taylor’s plans for a revamped Tigers staff.
While Payten, who as a player helped the Tigers win a premiership in 2005, is likely to exit the club, another coaching hopeful, David Kidwell, will remain as Taylor’s assistant for at least two years.
Kidwell, too, had been shortlisted to replace Taylor and had the support of the players.
He will stay on at the Tigers to assist Taylor alongside former Penrith high-performance manager Matt Cameron.
Kidwell and Taylor know each other well. Kidwell captained the Taylor-coached South Sydney side during periods of Taylor’s three-season stint in charge at that club.
Taylor is yet to settle on the rest of his staff but apparently is keen to revamp the Tigers’ strength and rehabilitation regime.
Keegan Smith, the son of former NRL coach Brian, is expected to join the club as its head of strength and conditioning.
Payten’s move to the Cowboys comes after he rejected an approach to join the New Zealand Warriors as an NRL assistant coach under former teammate Andrew McFadden.
Payten, who played a total of 259 NRL games, played alongside Cowboys assistant coach David Furner at the Raiders.
He will also assist North Queensland head coach Paul Green on top of his under-20s duties.
When at West Tigers the former prop had success in the under-20s competition. He coached the likes of David Nofoaluma, Sauaso Sue and Marika Koroibete to premiership success in 2012.
Payten also coached the NSW under-18s in 2013.