JT stands by his manager
‘ He’s still my manager and always will be’
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.