Johnathan Thurston’s planned show of support for embattled AFL star Adam Goodes says a lot about the man, his North Queensland co-captain Matt Scott believes.
Cowboys superstar Thurston has indicated he will perform an indigenous war dance if he scores against Canberra in Townsville on Saturday – a show of solidarity for dual Brownlow Medallist Goodes which South Sydney skipper Greg Inglis also intends to honour.
Preparing to play his 200th NRL game, an admiring Scott endorsed Thurston’s plan.
“He (Thurston) is very proud of his indigenous heritage. He’s been quite open about that ever since I’ve known him,” Scott said on Thursday.
“I love the pride he takes in it. He’s done a lot of stuff with his family about going back and learning more about his past and his family’s past.
“It says a lot and there’s a couple of guys who are planning on doing it, good on them.”
Scott, who turned 30 on Thursday, is also quietly proud of his own journey from his debut in 2004 as an 18-year-old.
The Ilfracombe product has become one of the game’s leading props, playing a key role in Queensland’s dominant State of Origin era and also playing 17 Tests for Australia.
The only thing he is yet to achieve is a victory on a club milestone date after defeats in his 50th, 100th and 150th NRL appearances.
“I don’t like making a big deal about anything,” he said.
“Quite happy to just go under the radar and make this like any other game.
“I appreciate it’s a pretty good milestone and one I’m happy to celebrate. Won’t be doing anything too crazy but hopefully we buck the trend and finally get a win.”
TRUE-BLUE COWBOY – Matt Scott’s NRL career:
* Debut: v Parramatta, July 17, 2014
* Games: 199
* Tries: 14
* Representative honours: Queensland (2006, 2010-15: 19 games, one try); Australia (2010-15: 17 games, one try)
* Dally M prop of the year – 2011
* Paul Bowman Medallist (Cowboys player of the year) – 2010, 2013