Johnathan Thurston is on the mend after his State of Origin Three injury.
Johnathan Thurston is on the mend after his State of Origin Three injury.

Thurston making the calls

WHEN Johnathan Thurston hit the turf clutching his leg in agony in the third and final State of Origin game in Brisbane earlier this month, the entire state held its breath.

Early indications weren’t good and it wasn’t long before talk spread that Thurston’s 2011 season campaign may have been prematurely snuffed out. Fortunately the verdict the next day was much rosier, with doctors predicting the Queensland superstar would be back weaving his magic within four weeks. That timeline has since been pushed back to six weeks as Thurston ponders Cowboys’ finals prospects.

“I think I was a little ambitious there,” Thurston said of his four-week return.

“Heading towards the finals I don’t want to come back too early and do more damage.

“There are some days when I wake up and it feels a long way away and there’s some days I wake up and it feels pretty good.”

Ever comfortable directing plays with the ball in hand, Thurston tried his luck calling plays from behind a microphone at the weekend when the North Queensland Cowboys took on Wests Tigers in Townsville.

“I was pretty nervous at the start but once the game went on I felt a bit more comfortable,” he said.

So could the NRL’s best half-back also be the next Ray “Rabbits” Warren?

“Not at this stage, I think I’ve still got a few years of footy in me yet but I thoroughly enjoyed it and those guys better watch out,” he warned.


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