Ex-St Helens forward Luke Thompson to be slapped with four-figure fine

Former St Helens forward is set to be fined a four-figure fee following a bad tackle in Canterbury Bulldogs’ trial game against the Newcastle Knights.

Thompson was cited in the 21st minute of their 16-16 apiece draw with a dangerous tackle on Daniel Saifiti.

He faces a base fine of $1500, which will rise to $2700 if Thompson takes an early guilty plea, but will hit $3600 if he contests the charge and is found guilty.

There has been a huge crackdown in both hemispheres concerning dangerous tackles with St George Illawarra Dragons’ Tyrell Fuimaono facing a five-match ban for inflicting a horror injury on his soon-to-be brother-in-law Haze Dunster.

After making the move at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in the UK, Thompson settled in relatively easy to life in Australia, putting in some impressive performances despite the Bulldogs’ bottom-placed finish.

And, now Thompson has revealed why he left what he called a ‘comfortable’ position at St Helens.

“It was the toughest decision of my life,” Thompson told the KB Show.

“I’d been there since I was 11 and I’d been there eight years in the first team, so it was home for me was St Helens and leaving there was really tough.

“I wanted the experience coming out here, you learn about yourself and I just fancied it really.

“As much as I loved it there at, I could have stayed there and been comfortable but I wanted another challenge.”

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