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News: Thurston tests the water in Sydney

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by ManlyBacker, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    <p>JOHNATHAN Thurston has held secret talks with Sydney clubs in the most definitive sign yet the Cowboys superstar is considering quitting North Queensland.</p>


    <a href="http://www.silvertails.net/news/4448-thurston-tests-the-water-in-sydney.html">Read the full article</a>
     
  2. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

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    I'm not rocked and copyalater!

    "AUSTRALIAN Test halfback Johnathan Thurston has rocked rugby league with the stunning admission he is considering a switch to the rival code rugby union. "I could easily see myself being a Wallaby," the champion halfback told The Daily Telegraph.

    Thurston said he didn't share the same sense of lifetime loyalty to rugby league felt by Australian captain Darren Lockyer, who has rejected several past approaches from the 15-man code.

    While the North Queensland Cowboys remain confident of securing Thurston long-term, there are genuine fears the dual Dally M Medal winner and Queensland poster boy will defect to rugby after next year's NRL season.

    "I could easily play rugby. I watch the Wallabies and a fair bit of it and I could certainly see myself playing the game," Thurston said. "I have to think about what's best for me, and if playing rugby is what's best for me, I'll take that option up."

    Thurston's comments will go down like a lead balloon in rugby league circles. As the game is moving to unite under an independent commission - partly to help pay its best players more - the man rated by many as the No. 1 star in the game is now talking of deserting the code.

    Rugby union, which has already poached NRL superstars Mark Gasnier and Sonny Bill Williams in recent years, has the bank-roll to lure Thurston.

    The Australian Rugby Union's new Super 15 franchise Melbourne, set to launch in 2011, is hunting an inaugural pin-up boy.

    And Thurston's manager Sam Ayoub already has in his possession a $1.1 million-per-year offer from Japanese rugby.

    Ayoub is also seeking formal interest from the ARU and prospective Super 14 clubs. "Everything ... lifestyle, code, the Cowboys, my representative jerseys ... these are all things I am weighing up," Thurston said. "I wouldn't say it's a stressful situation to be in.

    "It could be worse, that no one wants a part of me, so it's pretty exciting. Now it's about making the right decision.

    "I need to chat to my family. I've had a chat to my manager about a couple of things, but I still need to explore my options with rugby."

    Asked if he shared the stance of Test record-holder Lockyer, who has declared "I could never leave the game to chase a bigger cheque", the Cowboys captain said: "I don't really think about it like that. I could easily go if I think it's the right option."

    At least two rival NRL outfits - including the Bulldogs - have held talks with the star No. 7. A key asset in the Cowboys' favour is Thurston's girlfriend Samantha Lynch, the club's sponsorship manager, with the couple settled in Townsville."
    Matt Marshall  Daily Telegraph
     
  3. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

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  4. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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    I can't see him getting picked over Will Genya, particularly with a World Cup looming.
     
  5. lsz

    lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I would think he would be a number 10 in rugby rather than a half back (which is more like a hooker)
     
  6. The Wheel

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    I would have thought the ARU would have moved on from targeting NRL players - I would have thought between Wndell, Lote & Tahu they would have lost enough cash without a hell of a return.
     
  7. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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      He'd be a crap 5/8th - too much like the dross Australia traditionally put into that position.  His kicking game and decision making is simply not up to the task to be a top class fly half. 
     
  8. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    What high profile (or even low profile) leaguie doesn't float the idea of defecting to RU when it's contract re-negotiation time. Just trying to pump up his "value". Agree with Mata in that he wouldn't make a number 9 in RU, and not sure about his value in the 10 jersey either.

    Can't see any of the Aussie Super 14 franchises picking him up....maybe Melbourne ?
     
  9. blitzkrieg

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    Pretty sure the Reds would take anyone!
     
  10. lsz

    lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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      He'd be a crap 5/8th - too much like the dross Australia traditionally put into that position.  His kicking game and decision making is simply not up to the task to be a top class fly half. 
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    Agree but his passing game is not up to a 9 standard - you would have to wonder about a player that would be moving for money only
     
  11. Fro

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    they are all only in it for the money, anyone who thinks otherwise is dreaming.
     
  12. lsz

    lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I think there are some who move for a challenge (i.e. burgess would have gotten more money in the UK than here) but you are right the majority move for cash
     
  13. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

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    possibly, but he is hardly on the breadline.

    And then there is uncle Russels bag of cash under the table
     
  14. Matabele

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      Burgess gets to star as little John in the 58th remake of Robin Hood scheduled for 2020.
     
  15. Andrew..

    Andrew.. Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that Crowe paid Bradford a $500,000 transfer fee, but can't be certain.
    Just wondering if anyone else has heard anything similar.
     
  16. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

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    There was a fee paid MB. Cant recall the exact sum. 500 does twig though.
     
  17. lsz

    lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Also wonder if JT will think about living expenses i.e. has to be cheaper to live in FNQ than syd
     
  18. Zep

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    but then again you have to live in FNQ. Cairns would be alright but I didn't like Townsville when i lived there. The chicks were alright but everything else sucked.
     
  19. blitzkrieg

    blitzkrieg Active Member

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    But did the chicks suck :-X :-[
     
  20. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

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      I went back there this year after 10 years away and was pleasantly surprised.  It's a hell of a lot better than it was when I grew up there!
     

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