NewsMail’s giant poster of JT a gift for grandson
IT'S NOT every day you walk into your room to see a life-sized poster of Johnathan Thurston staring right back at you.
That's what 12-year-old Dean Van Den Kieboom discovered when his grandad, Robbie Hartmann, left him the poster as a gift - which has come as a perfect little decorative piece in the lead up to NRL grand final day.
"I was collecting parts of the poster each day in June when it came out in the NewsMail and thought I would do something a bit special with it for my grandson," he said.
Mr Hartmann said it took him a few weeks to create the poster, from collecting the backing and assembling a timber structure so it could stand upright.
He said he had an excited phone call from Dean after he received the present.
"He was thrilled about it and called me straight away to say thank you," he said.
Although Dean has always loved JT, he said he would be a little bit torn this weekend for the grand final because the Broncos were his favourite team.
"JT is my favourite player because he is the best in the world and is a good person - but the Broncos are my all-time favourite team," Dean said.
"I think the Broncos will win the grand final because they are the better team overall."
Mr Hartmann agreed with his grandson's prediction and said the Broncos would take out the trophy this year.
"The Broncos will probably win by 10," he said.
"The statistics show the Broncos have never lost a grand final so I'm going with that."