Thurston plays down move to Super League in the future

North Queensland Cowboys captain and rugby league legend Johnathan Thurston has ruled out a move to Super League in the coming years – saying he’ll probably retire after his contract at the Cowboys comes to an end.

The 32-year-old Australian international – who will grace Headingley Carnegie on Sunday night when he captains the Cowboys in the World Club Challenge against Leeds – would undoubtedly be the biggest pull in Super League history if a club could lure him to European rugby league.

But Thurston, speaking in an interview on the Sky Sports website, insisted that there are no plans in place for a move to Super League, and that when his contract finishes, that could well be the catalyst for the curtain coming down on his career.

“Not at this stage, no,” he said.

“I’m contracted for another two years at the Cowboys, I’m getting old now so I’d probably hang the boots up after that.”