NRL great Johnathan Thurston is hoping to have the last laugh when he pulls on his headgear for the final time next weekend.
The retiring North Queensland co-captain will lead his side against the Gold Coast on September 1, in front of what will be a sell-out crowd.
It’s the first time the Titans will play in front of a packed CBUS Super Stadium, with JT’s farewell drawing unparalleled interest.
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In a statement released by the club, the Titans hinted that more tickets could be released.
“The TFH Gold Coast Titans are delighted to announce that next week’s Titans vs Cowboys game at Cbus Super Stadium is officially “sold-out” for what will be the final game of Johnathan Thurston’s illustrious career,” the statement reads.
“Should any further tickets become available next week as a result of returned allocations, the club will make a further announcement.”
While coach Garth Brennan admitted, it would be an honour to have the club be part of JT’s final match, saying he is “probably his biggest fan”.
But, Brennan won’t let the occasion get the better of his boys.
“One thing you know about JT… he’s going to compete hard,” Brennan said.
“We’ve gotta dust ourselves off and send our fans and our supporters out with a smile on their face, rather than a smile on JT’s face.
“He’s had enough smiles,” he joked.
It’s a major coup for the club, who are currently 12th on the ladder. The Cowboys are 14th.