Johnathan Thurston says there are more important things to worry about than missing Origin III. (AAP: David Moir)
Johnathan Thurston will miss one of the biggest games of his decorated NRL career, but the decision to choose family ahead of his personal sporting goals was an easy one.
“I did ask [whether I could play Game III], and the advice they gave me was that I could, but if the tear gets any bigger than the quality of your life post-football isn’t going to be great,” Thurston told Triple M Brisbane.
“I probably wouldn’t be able to pick my kids up and things like that.
“While I would love to be there for game three, I would prefer to be able to pick my kids up a thousand times over, so the decision was pretty easy.
“In the end, as much as I’m shattered, life after football is not far away. And that was the decision.”
The Cowboys co-captain has been forced to undergo surgery after re-injuring his shoulder in Queensland’s 18-16 State of Origin II win over New South Wales at Sydney’s Olympic stadium on Wednesday.
While he kicked the winning conversion, the inspirational playmaker was clearly in pain throughout the match.
Johnathan Thurston wants to be able to ‘pick up his kids’ in his post-playing days. (Supplied: NRL)
“I thought my shoulder was pretty solid. I obviously played the game against Parra and all the testing that I had to do strength-wise I’d passed with flying colours,” Thurston said.
“So in my mind, my shoulder was right to go and it was just one of those things.”