North Queensland superstar Jonathan Thurston has confirmed that he will not be moving to a Super League club next season.
Indeed, he will not be moving anywhere, but is currently in talks about a new deal with the Cowboys for 2017.
“I won’t be going to England,” Thurston told Australian media.
“I don’t know what the standard is like over there but I’m settled at the Cowboys and my manager is in the process of hopefully negotiating a new deal to play on.
“I’ve had my ups and downs at the Cowboys but thankfully the club stood by me earlier in my career.
“I don’t know whether I will go on (beyond a 12-month extension in 2018), but whatever happens I would like to finish my career at the Cowboys.”
Thurston’s agent Sam Ayoub also confirmed that he was waiting for the Cowboys’ salary cap to be determined under the NRL‘s Collective Bargaining Agreement.
“England won’t be an option for Johnathan,” said Ayoub.
“To be honest, his interest was more in French rugby a few years ago when a big opportunity came from France.
“When he was getting roughly $500,000 in the NRL, we had an expression of interest at the $900,000 mark from a middle agent for the Toulon club.
“We are currently working on another deal for Johnathan with the Cowboys and hopefully circumstances allow that.
“I met with the Cowboys recently and we agreed to put talks on hold for a while until we have more certainty with the salary cap under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.”