Thurston's Toowoomba homecoming
Kangaroos World Cup star Johnathan Thurston is set to finalise his preparations for the 2014 season by going back to where it all began with the Cowboys to play the Gold Coast Titans in a trial at the Toowoomba Sports Ground on February 22.
Titans CEO Graham Annesley was in Toowoomba on Wednesday to announce the trial against North Queensland that will signal a new partnership between the Titans, Toowoomba Rugby League and the Toowoomba Clydesdales.
The Titans will engage in community activities and provide educational and developmental pathways for Toowoomba's junior representative players but it is the return of Thurston that will most excite rugby league fans who have not seen an NRL-sanctioned match in Toowoomba since 2006.
Thurston played for the All Whites club as he completed his final two years of schooling and while his appearance is not yet guaranteed, a shortened pre-season will make this trial the last chance for new Cowboys coach Paul Green to develop combinations ahead of Round 1.
For full details of today's announcement visit titans.com.au.