JT signs for one more Cowboys NRL season

Australian, State of Origin and NRL legend Johnathan Thurston is set to finish his career with North Queensland after signing a one-year contract extension.

Thurston said he had no intention of finishing his playing days anywhere but Townsville with the Cowboys.

"It's a real joy to be able to say I'll be continuing on with the Cowboys in NRL season 2018," Thurston said as the new deal was revealed on Friday night at the club's mid-year gala.

"This club has given me so much over my 13 years here. I've played alongside some great talents, worked with amazing people and shared in phenomenal successes.

"It's been a real privilege to be associated with the North Queensland Cowboys and now that the deal is done, I can concentrate on my footy and helping my teammates on and off the field."

Cowboys coach Paul Green said Thurston's playing record and achievements spoke for themselves, but added he was most pleased with how one of the game's best players continually strove for improvement in life and in football.

"Johnathan's a class act, is one of the fiercest competitors I've seen play rugby league and to have him see out his career here is wonderful news and a credit to all involved," Green said.

"He's developed into a true leader in that he leads by example. He's always a pleasure to coach and he's a true mentor for our younger guys coming through."

Thurston, 34, linked with the Cowboys in 2005 after three years at Canterbury, where he won a premiership in his final year, before leading North Queensland to the 2015 premiership.

© AAP 2017

You may also like...

Teenage escapee on the run in Queensland

Teenage escapee on the run in Queensland

A 17-year-old is on the run after escaping police custody and stealing a car in Queensland's central highlands.The teen broke free from police as he...

State of Origin to go north under Qld LNP

State of Origin to go north under Qld LNP

The Liberal National Party promises it will "move heaven and earth" to bring the State of Origin to North Queensland if it wins the next state...

Hayne not worth his NRL wage: Sterlo

Hayne not worth his NRL wage: Sterlo

Parramatta legend Peter Sterling has questioned whether Gold Coast star Jarryd Hayne is the player he once was after a disappointing NRL season.Hayne'...

Hayne-Henry rift no surprise: Hindmarsh

Hayne-Henry rift no surprise: Hindmarsh

Jarryd Hayne's former teammate Nathan Hindmarsh says he isn't surprised by the enigmatic star's rift with Neil Henry which may cost the Gold Coast...