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Qld's Thurston can play on: Smith

  • Qld's Thurston can play on: Smith

    BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 22: Johnathan Thurston of the Maroons celebrates winning with his daughter during game two of the State Of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at Suncorp Stadium on June 22, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Queensland captain Cameron Smith says Johnathan Thurston should play State of Origin beyond 2017 if the playmaker is still the best man for the Maroons job.

Four-time Dally M Medallist Thurston, 33, admits he is having second thoughts about retiring from representative football after 2017 following Queensland's 10th series win in 11 years.

"If he is playing well and still the best man for the job at No.6, I would like to see him play for as long as he can," Smith said of Thurston ahead of Wednesday night's Origin III in Sydney.

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