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SportKing of the North! Footy legend Johnathan Thurston is honoured with his own bronze statue - as he follows in the footsteps of Wally Lewis, Arthur Beetson and Mal Meninga

12:10  16 may  2019
12:10  16 may  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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legend Johnathan Thurston is honoured with his own bronze statue - as he follows in the North Queensland Cowboys player will follow the footsteps of Wally Lewis , Arthur Beetson and Johnathan Thurston started his career at the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 2002, where he

Footy star Johnathan Thurston will be honoured with his own bronze statue at the new North The former North Queensland Cowboys player will follow the footsteps of Wally Lewis , Arthur Beetson 'I know that Johnathan Thurston will be very pleased and honoured . He was a former

King of the North! Footy legend Johnathan Thurston is honoured with his own bronze statue - as he follows in the footsteps of Wally Lewis, Arthur Beetson and Mal Meninga© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Four-time Dally M medallist Johnathan Thurston will be honoured with his own bronze statue Footy star Johnathan Thurston will be honoured with his own bronze statue at the new North Queensland Stadium in Townsville.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the plans to erect the statue of the four-time Dally M medallist in time for the stadium's opening in 2020.

The former North Queensland Cowboys player will follow the footsteps of Wally Lewis, Arthur Beetson and Mal Meninga who have statues at Suncorp Stadium.

The former premiership winner nicknamed 'JT' is known for an extensive list of achievements over a stunning 16-year career.

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King of the North! Footy legend Johnathan Thurston is honoured with his own bronze statue - as he follows in the footsteps of Wally Lewis, Arthur Beetson and Mal Meninga© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Thurston and his wife Samantha Lynch welcomed their fourth child earlier this year, Remie Lee, who was described as a 'miracle baby' Thurston also holds the record for winning the most Golden Boot awards, taking out three in total in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

The father-of-three started his career at the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 2002, before retiring as a Cowboys player in 2018.

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Johnathan Thurston started his career at the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 2002, where he won the 2004 NRL premiership, before moving to the North Queensland Cowboys in 2005, playing in that year's grand final. He was the 2008 Wally Lewis medalist for State of Origin player of the series.

Following his return to Australia from the 1977 Schoolboys tour, Lewis faced discrimination in the The following year a second State of Origin match was played, and captain-coach Arthur Beetson In 1987 Lewis was honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia "for service to rugby league

The halfback was part of one the greatest Maroons sides ever assembled and lead his state's dominance of Origin.

King of the North! Footy legend Johnathan Thurston is honoured with his own bronze statue - as he follows in the footsteps of Wally Lewis, Arthur Beetson and Mal Meninga© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The father-of-three started his career at the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in 2002, before retiring as a Cowboys player in 2018

Ms Palaszczuk made told parliament during Thursday's question time that Thurston would be honoured at the new stadium.

'I know that Johnathan Thurston will be very pleased and honoured. He was a former Queenslander of the year,' she said.

'This does not preclude the QRL at some future date, if it chooses to do so, erecting a statue of Johnathan Thurston at Suncorp Stadium.

'I know how important JT and his family are to the Townsville community.'

King of the North! Footy legend Johnathan Thurston is honoured with his own bronze statue - as he follows in the footsteps of Wally Lewis, Arthur Beetson and Mal Meninga© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Thurston will follow the likes of legends including Lewis, nicknamed 'The King', 'Artie' Beetson and 'Big Mal' who have been immortalised in bronze King of the North! Footy legend Johnathan Thurston is honoured with his own bronze statue - as he follows in the footsteps of Wally Lewis, Arthur Beetson and Mal Meninga© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Thurston will follow the likes of legends including Lewis, nicknamed 'The King', 'Artie' Beetson and 'Big Mal' who have been immortalised in bronze

Thurston will follow the likes of legends including Lewis, nicknamed 'The King', 'Artie' Beetson and 'Big Mal' who have been immortalised in bronze.

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Johnathan Thurston is no certainty of being the next Immortal. Playing on: North Queensland Cowboys playmaker Johnathan Thurston with his record fourth Dally M Dragons fullback Graeme Langlands and Wally Lewis were the next inducted in 1999, followed by Arthur Beetson (2003) and

Artie was hailed as 'The Godfather' of the State of Origin and Meninga is currently the head coach of the Australia Kangaroos – the country's national rugby league team.

Thurston and his wife Samantha Lynch welcomed their fourth child earlier this year, Remie Lee, who was described as a 'miracle baby'.

The couple already had three daughters but had fertility struggles to conceive again.

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