Thurston a Cowboy

The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys today announced the signing of Bulldogs five-eighth Johnathan Thurston. Coming from Brisbane Thurston will again make Queensland his home. Cowboys head coach, Graham Murray, believes Johnathan offers the Toyota Cowboys a lot of attacking options.

"I have seen Johnathan play a number of times and he seems to make things happen which is the mark of a quality first grade player."

"He is extremely courageous in defence and will have a go at anyone in the tackle department, he will be a good asset to the club".

The new signing is looking forward to coming back to Queensland and in particular the Toyota Cowboys. "I am very impressed with the Cowboys professionalism and I am looking forward to playing a big part in the future development of the club in the National Rugby League", he said.

Thurston, 21, who was born at Brisbane played his junior league at All Whites Toowoomba, has agreed to terms with the NQ Toyota Cowboys for the next three years.

Johnathan made his first grade debut with the Bulldogs in 2002 against Penrith. He was also named in the initial Queensland State of Origin Squad for season 2004. Standing 179cms tall and weighing 80kgs Johnathan has played 26 first grade matches in his career.