Canterbury Bulldogs chief set to raid English market after conversation with ex-St Helens star as he admits soft spot for English talent

The Canterbury Bulldogs could be about to pursue a number of English players.

It comes after Canterbury Bulldogs chief, who famously said “England can’t beat Samoa” going into the Rugby League World Cup, admitted he had a conversation with English Bulldogs star and ex-St Helens man Luke Thompson.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Gould revealed that several players from the England squad have indicated they’d like to play in the NRL which could see the Bulldogs pursue stars from England in the coming months and years.

He said: “Several have indicated they’d like to play in the NRL. There’s plenty of talent there.”

He also admitted he has a soft spot for English talent. When asked, he said “always.”

Plenty of the England squad have played in the NRL. Sam Tomkins, Dom Young, Herbie Farnworth, Ryan Hall, George Williams, Thompson himself, Tom Burgess, John Bateman, Elliot Whitehead and Victor Radley all have NRL experience.

Meanwhile, Kai Pearce-Paul is expected to join Newcastle Knights in 2024 alongside fellow Englishman Will Pryce.

Those who don’t are mostly from Thompson’s former club St Helens such as stars like Tommy Makinson and Jack Welsby.

St Helens are said to be bracing themselves for NRL interest for Welsby.

It comes as Warrington Wolves star George Williams said to “never write off” a return to the NRL whilst Wigan Warriors man John Bateman is expected to return to Australia with Wests Tigers.

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