Thurston leaves Ori­gin fu­ture open, just in case

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

COW­BOYS co- cap­tain Johnathan Thurston has not ruled out mak­ing a re­turn to State of Ori­gin.

Thurston told Chan­nel Nine’s NRL Footy Show that a call from Queens­land coach Kevin Wal­ters next year may be able to con­vince him his rep­re­sen­ta­tive re­tire­ment wasn’t over.

“If I got the call from the coach, I would prob­a­bly con­sider it,’’ he said.

Thurston last week called time on his Ori­gin ca­reer af­ter suf­fer­ing a sea­son- end­ing shoul­der in­jury in Queens­land’s 18- 16 win in Game Two, which saw Thurston boot a match­win­ning con­ver­sion from the side­line.

Thurston re­vealed how the scene un­folded when re­ceiv­ing the news about his in­jury.

“I got the scan done and seen our physio. There were a cou­ple of other boys in there … he’s asked for a bit of pri­vacy and that’s when it hit,” he said.

“He’s ex­plained to me what I’ve done and it’s not good.

“I thought I could get one more game out ( of it) and that’s when he’s ex­plained to me the ex­tent of my in­jury.

“It re­quires surgery. The med­i­cal ad­vice was that if I want to lead a happy life af­ter foot­ball it’s best to get it done now.

“I don’t want to be tak­ing that risk with three kids. As much as I love foot­ball, I love my fam­ily more. I want to be able to pick my kids up a thou­sand times.’’

Thurston’s wife, Samantha, told The Footy Show that while the sea­son- end­ing in­jury was ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing, her hus­band’s per­for­mance at ANZ Sta­dium pro­vided a sil­ver lin­ing.

“I tried to look at it in a pos­i­tive light. To fin­ish his Ori­gin ca­reer the way he did last Wed­nes­day night was amaz­ing and I think it will go down in the his­tory books as one of the all- time great Ori­gin per­for­mances,’’ she said.

Thurston said he was yet to ask Ma­roons coach Kevin Wal­ters if he was needed him in Ma­roons camp to help with prepa­ra­tions.

“I haven’t spo­ken to Kevvie about it yet. I’m meant to give him a call about the team and whether me be­ing in camp will be a dis­trac­tion for the play­ing group,’’ he said.

“If he [ Wal­ters] wants me there I will be there.”

Johnathan Thurston

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