Thurston resumed training today following an extended break due to his involvement in Australia‘s successful Four Nations campaign.
Despite being selected as captain for the Indigenous All Stars clash with the NRL All Stars in February, Thurston will play where selected for the Cowboys.
“If Robert or Ray take the halfback role I can sit back and get the ball when I want at six and bark some orders,” Thurston said.
“But it’s up to them to take the opportunity to show they’re confident to lead us around the park.
“If that’s the case I’ll play at six. But if it’s decided it’s better to play me at seven then I’m happy with that.”
Thompson was ever present in the Cowboys line-up last season while Lui joins the squad after three seasons with Wests Tigers.
Before then, Thurston admits he needs to regain his fitness if he wants to perform at his best.
“It was pretty tough yesterday so it will probably take me a couple of weeks to get back into the swing of things,” he said.
“But I’m glad to be back.
“Looking at the boys, they look pretty strong and very fit.
“From what I’ve seen, good things lie ahead and I’m really excited about this coming season.”