JT stands by his man­ager

‘ He’s still my man­ager and al­ways will be’

Townsville Bulletin - - Front Page - by Michael Thompson thompson. m@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

STAR North Queens­land Cow­boys half­back and newly-an­nounced co­cap­tain Johnathan Thurston is stand­ing by his em­bat­tled man­ager as the drama en­gulf­ing an al­leged match fix­ing scan­dal gathers mo­men­tum.

The Test and State or Ori­gin rep­re­sen­ta­tive is one of Ay­oub’s clients and Thurston yes­ter­day pledged his sup­port for the Syd­ney-based agent.

‘‘ He’s still my man­ager and al­ways will be,’’ he said.

‘‘ It’s got noth­ing to do with me, he’s had me since the start and I’ve got a lot of re­spect for him and I’m just con­cen­trat­ing on my footy, it’s no bur­den on my shoul­ders.

‘‘ We’ve been cleared of any wrong­do­ing so it’s just ru­mours and in­nu­endo, no one’s been ar­rested or any­thing from the Cow­boys so we’re happy with our prepa­ra­tions lead­ing into round one and that’s what it’s all about.’’

Thurston and the rest of his team­mates were on hand at the Townsville En­ter­tain­ment and Con­ven­tion yes­ter­day for the Cow­boys of­fi­cial sea­son launch.

Both Thurston and Scott say the club was not con­cerned by the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing the al­leged bet­ting scan­dal, in­stead fo­cus­ing on the need to be on song come North Queens­land’s sea­son opener against the Bris­bane Bron­cos on March 11.

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