WRITES TELL-ALL BOOK
THE most famous face in rugby league is writing a tell-all autobiography.
Johnathan Thurston, arguably the greatest player of all time, will cap off his final season of footy with the release of his memoir in October.
The as-yet-untitled account delves into the journey of a young Brisbane kid who was written off as being too skinny, too slow and too wild to play professional footy — not to mention the time he almost walked away from rugby league — only to become one of the greatest rugby league players of all time.
Despite his Origin success, Australian victories, fairytale 2015 grand-final triumph, Dally M and Clive Churchill medals, and a unique laugh, Thurston admitted he is still blown away that people wanted to read his story.
“My story started in the backyard of a housing commission house in Sunnybank Hills,” he said. “All these years later and despite my achievements, I am still blown away and com- pletely humbled that people want to read my story. I’m honoured to have partnered with HarperCollins on this project and hope everyone enjoys reading about my journey.”
The book was written with long-time friend and Sunday Telegraph reporter James Phelps, who said even he was surprised at the revelations.
“I thought I knew everything about him,” he said. “I didn’t. No one does. But soon they will.
“JT gave me access to all his personal files and all the knockbacks, contracts and deals will be laid bare for the first time.
“He opens up on the setbacks and scandals and on the time he almost walked away from rugby league.”