Leading from the front
Co- captaincy arrangement hailed as best way forward for Cowboys
WITH a few confident strides and faces of steel, Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott cast themselves before a crowd of Cowboys s upporters and sponsors as the men to lead their team in 2011.
The captaincy combo made their first public appearance as North Queensland’s new leadership team at the club’s season launch yesterday, and judging by their faces, fans can rest assured the pairing at least looks the part.
Similar captaincy partnerships already exist at clubs including the Gold Coast T i t a n s a n d M a n l y - Warringah, and it’s such a combination that incumbent captain Thurston hopes will improve not only the team’s game but his own performances as well.
‘‘ If Matty can take a bit of that pressure off the field hopefully my football will improve and so will his,’’ Thurston said.
‘‘ I’m a firm believer that with the club moving forwards this was the best option for the club and Matty’s come on in leaps and bounds since his representative duties, so I think it’s only a great thing in our club moving forward.’’
The Cowboys suffered a shock this week when highprofile player manager Sam A y o u b , w h o a c t s a s Thurston’s agent, was arrested in connection with an alleged betting scam surrounding the club’s round 24 clash with the CanterburyBankstown Bulldogs l ast year. Thurston was keen to put talk of Ayoub’s future to one side but supported his embattled manager.