1 Feb 2012

Thurston champing at the bit to play number six

8:15 am on 1 February 2012

He's already officially the best rugby league player in the world, and Benji Marshall believes Johnathan Thurston will get even better by moving to five-eighth.

Thurston succeeded Marshall as the winner of the Golden Boot Award in December, following a stellar year as halfback for North Queensland, Queensland and Australia.

However, the 28-year-old now wants to play out the rest of his career in the No.6 jumper, taking over from retired legend Darren Lockyear.

Thurston will go head to head with fellow five-eight Marshall in Saturday's clash between the NRL All Stars and the Indigenous All Stars on the Gold Coast.