Thurston keen to help out
JOHNATHAN Thurston believes he could still have a future with the Maroons, with the retired playmaker revealing he would like to take on a mentoring role in the coming years.
Thurston’s ( above) Queensland playing career officially came to an end on Wednesday night, as the Maroons claimed their 11th series win in 12 years, even without the star player on the field.
The Cowboys maestro, who has made it clear he won’t be changing his mind regarding his representative retirement, was devastated to miss the thrilling decider but is also at peace with his decision.
However, the end of his Maroons playing days does not mean he is finished with Queensland altogether.
Thurston said he would be keen to take on a role within the coaching hierarchy if Kevin Walters wanted him.
“I’d like to do some kind of consultancy work,” Thurston said. “I think I can offer a bit in that area. That’s what I can certainly see myself doing. If Kevvie asks me back, I won’t say no in that capacity.”
Thurston said he would like to take on the mentoring- type role to help the young halves that are coming through the system, including his replacement from Wednesday night, Cameron Munster.
It is expected the 34- yearold will retire completely from the game at the end of next season but he is already looking at a media role with Channel 9.