His injury didn’t stop Johnathan Thurston helping out during a kindy visit this morning. Picture: Darren England/AAP
His injury didn’t stop Johnathan Thurston helping out during a kindy visit this morning. Picture: Darren England/AAP

What's next for Johnathon Thurston?

JOHNATHAN Thurston has described the tears that led up to last night's Origin decider but says he is now "at peace" with his decision and ready to turn his hand to social change.

Just a few hours after an emotional Origin win he watched from the coach's box Thurston has indicated what's next for him.

He this morning became the ambassador for the Deadly Kindies program aimed at boosting the number of indigenous kids in early childhood education.

With awe-struck children watching on he described how devastating it was to not be able to play.

'It's been an emotional week but I'm very grateful and blessed with what I've been able to achieve and be part of," he said.

"It was devastating I couldn't play in the game but the next best thing was standing on the podium with Smithy and the shield and I know four and half or five million Queenslanders have got a big smile on their face this morning."

He said he was reluctant to get up on stage at the end of the game.

"They had to sort of drag me up there but once I got up there it was a moment I will never forget.

"I'm at peace with decision I made now," he said.

"The team did a special presentation on Sunday night so I got all my tears out on Sunday night and was able to enjoy last night."

Thurston said it was now time for him to plan his transition from football and he had a few things "already in the pipeline".

"Obvious the career is coming to an end and I am passionate about education and certainly health and making sure the next generation of our culture our getting the best access to education and heath."

News Corp Australia

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