North Queensland coach Paul Green has not given up on signing Valentine Holmes for 2020 despite the ex-NRL star joining the New York Jets' NFL practice squad this week.
The Jets cut Holmes on Saturday when they reduced their roster from 90 players to 53.
However, Holmes has tried to keep his NFL dream alive by agreeing to join the Jets' practice squad ensuring he will train with the team but not play games.
Up to five NRL clubs are already queuing up for Holmes.
But the Cowboys believe they can provide a convincing argument to lure the former Queensland star with $ 900,000 reportedly set aside for Holmes in their salary cap from next season.
"At this stage it is only early. He said that he is committing to the practice spot but I think the good thing is we are in a good position cap-wise that if we do get an opportunity at this stage we are open to whatever comes about, "Green said.
Holmes' manager Chris Orr admitted this week that the time would soon come when Holmes would have to make a decision on whether to fully commit to the NFL or rugby league.
While Green admitted he had no idea when or if Holmes would become available, he did not believe it was a risk playing the waiting game for the former NRL superstar.
"It depends on who comes up too (on the player market ahead of 2020 season)," Green said.
"You don't want to spend that cap space just for the sake of it.
"You want to make sure whoever you are buying is going to make you a better team."
Meanwhile, Green kept the door open to retain off-contract flyer Jordan Kahu next season.
Injury-plagued former Bronco Kahu has been limited to 18 games in his debut year for the Cowboys and admitted he would consider a code switch to rugby union next year if a new deal could not be thrashed out.
Former New Zealand international Kahu looks set to get his last chance to impress after being named in the centers for North Queensland's final game of 2019 against minor premiers Melbourne on Friday night.
"Center is a position that we are certainly looking at, so we will see," Green said of Kahu's future.