Champion Cowboy Johnathan Thurston will see out his career at the club in which he has tasted most of his success as a rugby league superstar after agreeing to a one-year contract extension.
Thurston said he had no intention of finishing his playing days at anywhere other than the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys, with the new deal formally unveiled at the club’s mid-year gala tonight.
“It’s a real joy to be able to say I’ll be continuing on with the Cowboys in NRL season 2018,” Thurston said.
“This club has given me so much over my 13 years here. I’ve played alongside some great talents, worked with amazing people and shared in phenomenal successes.
“It’s been a real privilege to be associated with the North Queensland Cowboys and now that the deal is done, I can concentrate on my footy and helping my teammates on and off the field.”
Cowboys head coach Paul Green said Thurston’s playing record and achievements spoke for themselves, but the fourth-year mentor said he was most pleased with how one of the game’s best players continually strove for improvement in life and in football.
“Johnathan’s a class act, is one of the fiercest competitors I’ve seen play rugby league and to have him see out his career here is wonderful news and a credit to all involved,” Green said.
“He’s developed into a true leader in that he leads by example. He’s always a pleasure to coach and he’s a true mentor for our younger guys coming through.”
North Queensland Cowboys 2018 Player Movements
|2018 Gains: Carlin Anderson (2019), Te Maire Martin (Penrith Panthers, 2019), Jordan McLean (Melbourne Storm, 2020)|
|2018 Losses: Kalyn Ponga (Newcastle Knights)|
|Re-Signed: John Asiata (2020), Scott Bolton (2019), Jake Clifford (2019), Gavin Cooper (2019), Kyle Feldt (2020), Matthew Scott (2019), Murray Taulagi (2019), Jason Taumalolo (2027), Johnathan Thurston (2018), Enari Tuala (2019)|
|Off Contract 2017: Shaun Hudson, Corey Jensen, Patrick Kaufusi, Kyle Laybutt, Gideon Mosby-Gela, Ben Spina, Ray Thompson|