11 May 2010

Thurston decides to stay with Cowboys

6:48 pm on 11 May 2010

The man considered by many to be rugby league's best player, Jonathon Thurston, has confirmed he'll stay with the North Queensland Cowboys for another three years, at last delivering the troubled National Rugby League some good news.

The Australian test halfback's, rejected a lucrative offer from French rugby club Biarritz to stay in rugby league with the Cowboys on a deal boosted by third party sponsorships and reportedly worth $2.5 million.

The 27-year-old's decision comes amid the Melbourne Storm salary cap drama, suggestions of a player revolt and the likelihood former Test centre Israel Folau will jump codes and join the new Super rugby franchise the Melbourne Rebels.

It also comes following reports the former Kangaroos centre, Mark Gasnier, is poised to turn his back on union and return to the NRL.

Thurston joined the Cowboys in 2005 after three seasons with the Bulldogs.