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Milestones for 20th anniversary

A number of high-profile Toyota Cowboys have important personal milestones not far away as they get ready for the start of the 2015 NRL season now just under two months away.

Leading the list is co-captain Johnathan Thurston, who needs to play just seven more matches to reach 250 for his NRL career.

If everything goes to plan, the champion halfback will hit that figure in the home game against the NZ Warriors on Saturday 18 April.

JT also requires just five tries to move past Matt Sing and into fourth place on the Cowboys’ all-time try-scoring list.

Last season, JT managed an equal career best of 11 tries to take his total to 69.

Fellow co-captain Matt Scott will become only the fifth player to line up in 200 NRL matches for the Cowboys if he can add another 17 to his tally in 2015.

The representative front-rower is only 18 games away from 100 as North Queensland’s co-captain.

Glenn Hall has two milestones in sight: five more matches will take him to 100 for the Cowboys, while 10 more will lift his career tally to 200 since he made his debut for the Bulldogs in 2002.

The 200 career-games level is also very achievable in 2015 for new signing Ben Hannant, who has come north with 193 on his record so far.

Like Hall, Ray Thompson and Antonio Winterstein could bring up a century of North Queensland matches this year – Thompson currently sits on 89 games, with Winterstein on 82.

The winger can hit 50 tries for his Cowboys career if he crosses for another 12 in 2015.

The 150-games mark is looming for Scott Bolton, who starts the year on 131 after playing in all 26 games in 2014.

Rory Kostjasyn (45) and Robert Lui (42) are the only Cowboys who have 50 matches for the club in sight this season.