New Zealand Warriors' stalwart Micheal Luck will return to North Queensland in an off-field role when he retires at the end of the National Rugby League season.
The 30-year-old, who played 76 games for the Cowboys from 2001-05 before switching to the Warriors, will take over as football operations manager from Peter Jones, who has decided to work with one of the club's corporate partners.
With two regular-season rounds remaining, Luck will finish his career with almost 230 matches to his name after announcing his retirement earlier this year.
The 2011 grand finalist says he's always planned to return to North Queensland, adding the opportunity presented by the Cowboys was one he was very happy to take up.
His parents live in Townsville.
Luck, who is a NRL education ambassador and former player and clubman of the year at the Warriors, was recently named in the 2012 NRL/RLPA Academic Team of the Year.
He has been studying for his Masters of Business at the Auckland University of Technology.
The back-rower will join Paul Bowman, Glen Murphy and Clint Amos as former Cowboys in off-field roles with the club.