BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 10: Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys during the round two NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys at Suncorp Stadium on March 10, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

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.”

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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), Francis Molo (Brisbane Broncos, 2020)
2018 Losses
Patrick Kaufusi (Melbourne Storm), Patrick Mago (Brisbane Broncos), Kalyn Ponga (Newcastle Knights), Ray Thompson (retired), Braden Uele (Cronulla Sharks)
John Asiata (2020), Scott Bolton (2019), Jake Clifford (2020), Gavin Cooper (2019), Kyle Feldt (2020), Shaun Hudson (2018), Corey Jensen (2019), Kyle Laybutt (2018), Gideon Mosby-Gela (2019), Emry Pere (2020), Matthew Scott (2019), Murray Taulagi (2019), Jason Taumalolo (2027), Johnathan Thurston (2018), Enari Tuala (2019)
Off Contract 2018
Javid Bowen, Josh Chudleigh, Lachlan Coote, Shaun Fensom, Sam Hoare, Shaun Hudson, Marcus Jensen, Kyle Laybutt, Kane Linnett, Ethan Lowe, Justin O'Neill, Johnathan Thurston, Antonio Winterstein
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  1. one of the games future greats. puts his body on the line every game and is a genuine nice guy off the field. I really do hope he gets a job at the cows when he his done playing.

  2. Absolute legend on and off the field
    Every nrl club would of given him a signed blank cheque and told him to fill the rest in

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