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Sport Corey Parker blows up over idea of moving Johnathan Thurston's final NRL game

07:35  04 july  2018
07:35  04 july  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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It would take a generous gesture from the Titans who would need to move their final home fixture at CBUS Super Stadium to accommodate a home retirement party for Thurston, possibly at the cost of an unlikely finals appearance.

Just the thought of the idea infuriates Corey Parker.

Despite being good mates with Thurston, the Broncos great believes rules should not be bent for certain players to receive special treatment.

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''What do you mean a proper sendoff?” Parker said on Fox Sports' Queenslanders Only.

“No one player is bigger than the game, and theoretically, what if the Titans had to win the game to get into the semi-finals?

“They’ve taken a lot of games away from home already this year.

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NRL 2018: Corey Parker slams talk of moving Johnathan Thurston ’ s last game . Johnathan Thurston looks likely to play his last game against the Titans in round 25 at Cbus Super Stadium.

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 . Terry Lamb. Steve Menzies. Corey Parker .

“I’m one of JT’s biggest fans, but if we start to bend rules to accommodate some — he got his send off with Smithy (Cameron Smith) at the start of the year when they lined their pockets through their (Testimonial) game.”

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In an NRL first, both men cashed in from funds outside the salary cap, fitting a tight criteria set by the governing body that allows only the most elite players to qualify.

With Thurston swimming in dollars, ex-Queensland star Justin Hodges argued the Titans should have the same opportunity to profit and receive financial compensation if such a move happened.

“The big question is whether it comes down to money or making the finals, so it’s up to the Titans,” Hodges said.

“They’ve got to think about their members and their supporters too. Are their supporters going to go all the way to Townsville or are they not going to go?

“To me, if I’m right outside top eight spot and I’m going to play my last home game up in Townsville for JT’s last game — good luck, you know who’s going to win that game. The great man’s going to turn it on and you’re going to miss the finals.”

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