Mayor Paul Pisasale wants Johnathan Thurston on the Western Corridor NRL bid team after his retirement.
Mayor Paul Pisasale wants Johnathan Thurston on the Western Corridor NRL bid team after his retirement. Brenda Strong

There's a job for you in Ipswich JT

IPSWICH Mayor Paul Pisasale has offered league great Johnathan Thurston a job with the Western Corridor NRL bid team when he retires.

Thurston, the Cowboys co-captain, made headlines on the weekend when he said Ipswich would be the ideal spot to have another NRL side when the game is likely to expand in 2018.

Cr Pisasale, the patron of the Western Corridor NRL bid, in light of those comments, said: "JT has secured himself a spot in Ipswich with our bid".

"When he finishes his time at the Cowboys, he will always have a home in Ipswich," Cr Pisasale said.

Thurston's contract with the Cowboys ends in 2017, and, with expansion slated for 2018 he may well decide to play on or move into an administrative career in rugby league.

"JT has always been a great supporter of the city and a great supporter with what we have done here with the indigenous community," Cr Pisasale said.

"We will be working with people that support the city, and people like JT would be an ideal choice with regards to encouraging people to support the Western Corridor NRL bid.

"But in the meantime, JT has an important job to do with the North Queensland Cowboys. JT is smart.

"Anybody that has any understanding about what is good for the game of rugby league knows that Ipswich and the western corridor is the place to be. The previous CEO, David Gallop, said it himself. Now it is time for the NRL to make up their mind. It is time to stop procrastinating."

Thurston has links with the region close to and including the Western Corridor catchment. A Souths Sunnybank junior, he grew up in the Logan district and also went to school at Toowoomba.

Western Corridor bid chairman Steve Johnson said Thurston's remarks about the suitably of the Ipswich bid were "wonderful comments" and also considered ones.

"He wasn't asked to make those statements by us," Johnson said.

"They are his own feelings after being around Ipswich with the Indigenous All Stars and having a look at what we are doing in the corridor personally, because he was a corridor kid.

"When JT was here for the Indigenous All Stars game he was sitting near me, Laurie Daley and Gorden Tallis when we were talking about all things rugby league. JT was no doubt listening."



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