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Johnathan Thurston. (Getty)
No matter what happens, Maroons coach Mal Meninga says Johnathan Thurston has done enough to be considered a future Immortal.

Jake Friend. (Getty)
Trent Robinson is comfortable the club has done everything to ensure Jake Friend has recovered.

Colin Best runs out for his last game with the Sharks in 2012. (Getty)
Five former Cronulla players are reportedly facing two year bans from ASADA for their part in the club's 2011 supplements program.

Johnathon Thurston. (Getty)
Cowboys captain Johnathan Thurston has won the RLPA Players' Player Medal for a third time.

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