It's times like this where the internet can be a real blessing.
In the video below we can see a 19 year-old Thurston chatting with Andrew Voss after a game during his opening season in first grade.
The year was 2002, with Thurston starting his early career with the Bulldogs before moving up to the Cowboys in 2005.
A real highlight was discussion about JT's side job as a porter at the Novotel while pest teammates flick his ears for the entire interview.
Footage & Image: Youtube/Rugby League Best Of