Thurston keen to help out

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - RIKKI- LEE ARNOLD

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.

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