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He can be an immortal the ultimate compliment for Penrith Panthers halfback Nathan Cleary compared to Johnathan Thurston by James Tamou


Johnathan Thurston, carried from the field in his last game in Townsville, will go down as one of the greatest players of all time.

Johnathan Thurston, carried from the field in his last game in Townsville, will go down as one of the greatest players of all time.Credit:NRL Photos

‘‘Nathan has proven it with his drop goals and his ability to read the play. It’s almost like playing with JT. He’s nearly two steps ahead of you and you need to be on the ball. Sometimes we’re in video sessions and he’s telling us where we need to be, what we have to do. His brain is on another level, two steps ahead, and that was JT.’’

Cleary turns 23 next month and has arguably achieved more than Thurston had at the same age. Cleary has already played and started in 99 NRL games, while Thurston had only played 62 games before his 23rd birthday (12 off the bench).

Cleary has…



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