Icons of the Rugby League-Johnathan Thurston

Few players have caught the imagination of rugby league fans such as Johnathan Thurston from his early years in Canterbury, then his impressive career at the Cowboys from 2005-18, plus his Dally M Medal wins and other successes for Queensland and Australia.

In 2009 Thurston and Maroons teammate Karmichael Hunt wigged up in their winning run.

In 2009 Thurston and Maroons teammate Karmichael Hunt wigged up in their winning run.

Thurston is tackled with Canterbury in 2002 during its rookie year.

Thurston is tackled with Canterbury in 2002 during its rookie year.

Co-captains of cowboys Matt Scott and Johnathan Thurston are getting their hands on the ANZ Stadium 2015 Premiership Cup.

Co-captains of cowboys Matt Scott and Johnathan Thurston are getting their hands on the ANZ Stadium 2015 Premiership Cup.

Thurston responds after missing a sideline conversion in the wake of the siren that should have won the Cowboys '2015 grand final before extra time.

Thurston responds after missing a sideline conversion in the wake of the siren that should have won the Cowboys ‘2015 grand final before extra time.

After his last game at Townsville in 2018, Thurston with his two oldest daughters, Frankie and Charlie.

After his last game at Townsville in 2018, Thurston with his two oldest daughters, Frankie and Charlie.

The wobbly field goal that secured their first premiership in the 2015 decision-maker in extra time in North Queensland.

The wobbly field goal that secured their first premiership in the 2015 decision-maker in extra time in North Queensland.

Thurston will try to make a split in 2004 against Cronulla.

Thurston will try to make a split in 2004 against Cronulla.

Since securing the 2005 Dally M Medal in Thurston with NRL CEO David Gallop and Prime Minister John Howard.

Since securing the 2005 Dally M Medal in Thurston with NRL CEO David Gallop and Prime Minister John Howard.

Thurston representing Australia in the 2008 Centenary Test at SCG against New Zealand.

Thurston representing Australia in the 2008 Centenary Test at SCG against New Zealand.

Thurston early in his first year as a Cowboy in 2005, with former teammate Sonny Bill Williams.

Thurston early in his first year as a Cowboy in 2005, with former teammate Sonny Bill Williams.