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Johnathan Thurston: “It is all starting to sink in..”

Johnathan Thurston has lauded the influence of his “guardian angel” as he prepares to say goodbye to his rugby league playing days.

The North Queensland great will call time on his career after Saturday’s sold- out NRL clash with the Gold Coast in Robina.

The No.7 will retire as one of the game’s most-decorated players.

And while he rates fellow Queensland greats Cameron Smith and Darren Lockyer among his closest friends and mentors, the 35-year-old saves the biggest praise for his uncle Dean Saunders. Thurston says it was his uncle who led him to Toowoomba rugby league nursery St Mary’s College, and also moved with Thurston to Sydney then Townsville as he built his NRL career.

Thurston joined Mark Levy and Mark Riddell on Macquarie Sports Radio breakfast as says that it is all starting to sink in but he is looking forward to spending more time with family.

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Mark Levy & Mark Riddell