JT putting his hand up to lead players protest

David Stuart

RUGBY League's No.1 player, Johnathan Thurston, has put the NRL on notice he is willing to snub its prestigious Dally M Medal awards unless something is done to address player welfare and other long-standing issues.

The Cowboys skipper, in line to claim an unprecedented fourth Dally M Player of the Year award, turned up the heat on NRL boss David Smith on the eve of the 2015 finals series by publicly confirming he would lead a series of boycotts, which would also include players not attending the grand final breakfast.

Thurston, who revealed he had raised the boycott proposal himself, said he was fully behind a push to extend the break between seasons from six to eight weeks, and to put an end to five-day turnarounds between games.

The players also believe they deserve a pay rise following a record TV deal.

Players' Association boss Clint Newton said he hoped the matter was resolved before the grand final.

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