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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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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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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.

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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.

Thurston played 323 NRL games  and 37 games for Queensland in State of Origin and 38 games for the Kangaroos.

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Mal Meninga Peter Sterling Arthur Beetson Wally Lewis . [report]. Question 7: In the deciding match against New South Wales in 2008, Thurston set up a try for _ which would ultimately win the game. Question 8: Johnathan Thurston is contemplating a switch to _.

But while Thurston doesn’t have the aura of Lewis he shares his unquenchable thirst to win, and with Thurston this is in evidence no matter the occasion or But Thurston soon put paid to such nonsense and over the course of the streak he showed that when the biggest games came down to the wire he

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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Thurston started his career at the Bulldogs with whom he won the 2004 NRL premiership before moving to the North The following year Thurston 's dream became a reality as made his debut in the National Rugby League during Thurston was also named the Wally Lewis Player of the Series.

Since Thurston made his Queensland debut as a 22-year-old in 2005, already wearing his distinctive headguard, the pair have teamed up in 18 State of Origin Yet on the evidence of the tournament so far, it is Thurston who arguably presents the greater individual threat to England this weekend.

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'.

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