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The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys are pleased to announce the re-signing of captain and halfback Johnathan Thurston on a three-year contract.<BR> <BR> The deal extends Thurston’s association with the Cowboys to 2013 and will build a nine-year partnership with the Australian and Origin representative.<BR> <BR> Thurston has captained the Cowboys since 2006 and is one of the game’s true marquee players, with a playing record that includes 13 matches for Queensland (2005-09), 12 tests for Australia 2006-09, the 2008 World Cup and the Prime Minister’s XIII (2006, 2009).<BR> <BR> In a further boost to the club, the Cowboys have secured front rower James Tamou for an additional three years.<BR> <BR> Tamou joined North Queensland in 2009 from the Roosters Toyota Cup and impressed with a try in his NRL debut in round 8. <BR> <BR> Executive Director Peter Parr is delighted with the announcement that both players will be retained by the Cowboys.<BR> <BR> “I think it’s wonderful that Johnathan has decided to again re-sign with the Cowboys,” Parr said.<BR> <BR> “He is without doubt one of the most exciting players in our game at the moment and to have him here in the North for the next three years is a great boost for our club and our game.<BR> <BR> “James Tamou is one of the best young forwards in Rugby League and to retain his services is also an important step for the Cowboys future.” <BR>