Lead­ing from the front

Co- cap­taincy ar­range­ment hailed as best way for­ward for Cow­boys

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport - by Michael Thompson michael. thompson@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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.

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