Thurston non-committal on NRL future

Johnathan Thurston

Holiday first before contract talk

Johnathan Thurston has refused to give any assurances he'll remain a North Queensland player beyond next season, with the champion playmaker, poised to potentially become the game's highest-paid player.

A week after his Australia and Queensland teammate Greg Inglis signed a new deal with South Sydney to become the NRL's first million dollar-a-season man, Thurston said he is yet to decide where his future lies.

The 29-year-old, two-time Dally M Medallist, is the biggest name off-contract at the end of the 2013 campaign, and with the new broadcast deal pumping a billion dollars into the game, Thurston's in a strong position to name his price to potential suitors.

The Cowboys have no fewer than 20 players who have deals that expire at the end of next year, including representative props Matt Scott and James Tamou while Matt Bowen, Brent Tate, Dallas Johnson and prolific winger Ashley Graham will also be off contract.

This could significantly hamper their attempts to keep the former Canterbury playmaker, who joined the club in 2005, but Thurston, who'll play for Australia against New Zealand on Saturday in Townsville, said on Wednesday he's more interested in taking a holiday than sitting down with the Cowboys' powerbrokers at the moment.


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