Thurston to sign on at Canelands

Cow­boys leg­end’s book-sign­ing to­day

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FANS of Johnathan Thurston pre­pare your­selves – the NRL im­mor­tal in wait­ing is com­ing to Canelands.

As he con­tin­ues his Aus­tralian-wide tour, An Evening with Johnathan Thurston, the leg­endary for­mer North Queens­land Cow­boys half­back will stop off at Mackay QBD for a book sign­ing of his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy to­day at noon.

With an army of pas­sion­ate sup­port­ers al­ways in tow, the free one-hour event is ex­pected to see Mackay’s rugby league en­thu­si­asts clam­our to Canelands com­plex, re­strict­ing the event to a meet-and­greet sign­ing and en­sur­ing photo op­por­tu­ni­ties and other mer­chan­dise sign­ings would not be pos­si­ble.

The sign­ing will mark a busy

day for the four-time Dally M Medal win­ner, with his stage talk tak­ing place at 7pm this evening at the Mackay En­ter­tain­ment and Cul­tural Cen­tre.

His pres­ence is sure to cause a stir among the en­thu­si­as­tic rugby league fan-base in the com­mu­nity, given his proud list­ing as ar­guably the finest foot­baller to rep­re­sent not only the North Queens­land re­gion, but the coun­try’s sport­ing land­scape.

The book delves into some of the great man’s finest and most har­row­ing mo­ments through­out his life and ca­reer, in­clud­ing the tragic death of his un­cle, Richard Saun­ders.

When the au­to­bi­og­ra­phy launched this Oc­to­ber, Thurston said re­liv­ing the tur­moil was the hard­est part of the process.

“There’s a lot of things in there that I thought I’d never talk about,” Thurston said at the time.

“Be­ing in the 2008 World Cup, the death of my un­cle ... it’s very open and hon­est and that’s what I love about it,” he said.

For the chance to get your copy signed, get in quick as lines may be capped should the de­mand be­come too ex­ces­sive.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

EVENING WITH THURSTON: A unique op­por­tu­nity to share An Evening with Johnathan Thurston live on stage as he re­flects on an il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer on and off the field.

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