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QLD dejected  :Digital Image Grant Trouville © NRLphotos  : 2015 State of Origin Game 1 - NSW v QLD at ANZ Stadium

With 2017 set to be his last year on the representative scene, Maroons great Johnathan Thurston says team-mate Michael Morgan should be the man to replace him at five-eighth for Queensland and Kangaroos. 

Thurston has been a mainstay in the Queensland side, playing all 36 matches since making his debut in 2005 in an incredible display of durability.

His record at state level speaks for itself, with the Maroons winning 63.89% of the time with him in the side, while he has recorded a staggering 34 wins from 37 appearances in the green and gold. 

But all good things must come to an end, and the 33-year-old couldn’t have chosen a bigger year to finish with the Maroons set to play two games at Suncorp Stadium in 2017 as they aim to make it 11 series wins from the past 12 years. 

Then, when his Cowboys commitments are over, Thurston will bow out of rep footy as he and the Kangaroos attempt to defend their World Cup crown on home soil. 

 With options galore to replace him, the four-time Dally M medallist anointed Morgan as the man he'd like to see wear the No.6 jersey from 2018 onwards.  

The Cowboys five-eighth made his Origin debut in 2015 and has played five matches off the bench for the Maroons.