Born: Palmerston North, NZ
Home town: Foxton, NZ
Enjoys: Family, outdoors, hunting
10 years from now I'll be...successful
Describe yourself in three words: Not too sure!
If I wasn't playing rugby league, I'd be...in the army
Favourite movie: Too many to list
Favourite holiday destination: Anywhere
Role model: Dad
Best off-field achievement: Becoming a father for the first time this year
Biggest career challenge so far: Injuries
What do you like most about playing league? Hanging out with the boys
First team you ever played league for: Foxton Rebels
Pre-game ritual: Listen to Bob Marley
Best career advice you were ever given: Never give up
Training/fitness tip: Go hard
Training diet tip: Eat natural
Goal for 2013: Be injury-free & win the Grand Final
Thorby had a four-year career with St George Illawarra where he developed a reputation as a reliable back-up forward without quite being able to gain a permanent starting spot in the strong Dragons pack.
His first NRL appearance came midway through the 2007 season and he was part of the Dragons when they won the 2010 premiership, although he missed out on playing in the grand final.
Thorby spent most of the 2011 season playing for the Cowboys’ feeder club, the Northern Pride, in the Intrust Super Cup. However, in 2012 he broke through into North Queensland’s top squad and played 15 matches after making his debut in the victory against Canberra in the nation’s capital.