Thurston takes out top honour


COWBOYS five-eighth Johnathan Thurston went from a strong critic of the game to a humble recipient of his second Rugby League Player's Association Players' Player award during a presentation in Sydney on Tuesday night.

Thurston (pictured) narrowly beat Todd Carney, Cameron Smith, Anthony Watmough and Roosters dual international Sonny Bill Williams for the award, which was voted on in a 3-2-1 basis by opposition players after each game.

The 30-year-old did not return to Sydney to collect the award, recording a message from his Townsville home with three-month-old daughter on his knee.

The honour came on the same day Thurston was cleared by the NRL of wrongdoing for suggesting there was a conspiracy against non-Sydney clubs, after the Cowboys' controversial finals exit against the Sharks last weekend.

Thurston first won the award in 2005.

"To be voted by your peers as the best, (there) is no higher honour in the game," he said.

South Sydney prop George Burgess was named rookie of the year.

Topics:  johnathan thurston nrl

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Mental health survey for our entertainers

SURVEY: Entertainment Assist is conducting research into mental health among people working in the industry.

Findings will be used to develop a prevention framework

Confirmed: Matt Damon is NOT moving to Byron Bay

HOLLYWOOD COUPLE: Matt Damon and Luciana Barroso arriving at the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California.

But the town gained an unexpected US marketing campaign

Country Club becomes the centre of power

GENERATION: Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy Ben Franklin, presenting the funding to the Club - General Manager Andrew Spice, Golf Director Ian Wingad, Chairman Peter Tomaros, Treasurer Anne Slater, and Director Tony Dahl.

Grant to Shore emergency centre

Local Partners