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Should the rules be changed for Johnathan Thurston?

Sporting News logo Sporting News 26/06/2017

Johnathan Thurston. © Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images Johnathan Thurston. The NRL has been urged to change the rules around rugby league's Immortal concept to allow Johnathan Thurston direct entry.

The current regulations state that a player must be retired for at least five years before being considered for membership to the game's elite group of players.

But Sporting News league expert Peter Peters is leading a campaign to ditch that rule and allow players entry to the Immortals club before they retire.

"I think it's a no-brainer. I think it's time our game got on the front foot and not always been reactive," Zorba told Sky Sports Radio.

"It's easy now because the NRL own the brand (the Immortals concept) so they don't have to go through a process.

"They can change it and I don't know why, in this day and age, we refuse really special and great players while they're still playing."

Sky Sports Radio host and former NRL player Jimmy Smith believes Thurston's admission to the Immortals is imminent.

He said: "I can tell you on good authority that there are people who have been speaking to those who are involved in the process and it is being reviewed.

"Johnathan Thurston an Immortal immediately – given what we saw last week, it's just got to happen."

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