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Thurston completes rugby league CV

  • Thurston completes rugby league CV

Johnathan Thurston has put the finishing touch on one of the most complete CVs in rugby league history with a man-of-the-match display in North Queensland's maiden premiership triumph.

The Immortal-in-waiting added a Cowboys title and the Clive Churchill Medal to his resume after leading North Queensland to an epic 17-16 golden-point grand final victory over Brisbane at ANZ Stadium.

His extra-time field goal, having struck the upright with a match-winning conversion attempt after the siren had sounded, sent Cowboys fans into a frenzy.

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It was the final frontier for Thurston, who secured his first NRL title coming off the bench for Canterbury as a 21-year-old in 2004.

A dual Golden Boot winner as world player of the year, Thurston last week claimed a record fourth Dally M Medal.

Throw in nine State of Origin series wins for Queensland and a Rugby League World Cup with Australia and Thurston has achieved everything the game has to offer.

"I'm speechless," he told the Nine Network.

"Wow, I can't believe what I've just done - unbelievable. I just love this club."

Jubilant Cowboys coach Paul Green hailed Thurston a hero.

"He's unbelievable," Green said.

"I don't think there's any other player that I'd want to take that goal. It wasn't to be, but he iced the game when he got the chance."

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