Thurston looking to finish career with Cowboys


Rugby league star Johnathan Thurston has ruled out a move to Super League, insisting he plans to finish his illustrious career with North Queensland Cowboys.

Thurston - a three-time winner and current holder of the Golden Boot award for the world's leading player - led the Cowboys to an inaugural NRL premiership in 2015, a drop goal from the skipper securing a golden-point victory over Brisbane Broncos in the most dramatic of Grand Finals.

That triumph merely enhanced an already glittering CV for Thurston that features a host of State of Origin wins and a World Cup victory with Australia in 2013.

However, the 32-year-old half-back remains highly motivated to secure further success with the Cowboys.

"It's very easy for me [to remain motivated]," Thurston told Omnisport at the launch of World Club Series in Manchester.

"What motivates me is making sure that I don't let my team-mates down, that's why we play the game."

Asked if a stint in Super League was something he would consider, Thurston replied: "Nah, not at this stage. I'm probably too old to come over here and play now. I've still got a couple of years left at the Cowboys so I'm looking to finish my career out there."

Thurston is the first player to win the Golden Boot award on three occasions and said of the achievement: "It's something I'm really proud of.

"I'm very lucky with the players that I play alongside at club level and representative level. It's very easy for me to play in those teams and those boys make me look good."

Asked to reflect on the Cowboys' thrilling 17-16 Grand Final success last October, Thurston added: "To kick the winning field goal in extra time was a memory that will last with me forever. Every time I think of it, it brings a smile to my face."