Former St Helens star and current Canterbury Bulldogs man Luke Thompson has endured a difficult 2022 to say the least.
After being part of a disappointing year for the Bulldogs, Thompson’s private life was thrust into the limelight when it was revealed that his mother – who was back in the UK – was seriously ill.
The hulking forward travelled back to the UK for a fortnight, at which point the rumour mill went into overdrive about a potential move to a Super League side.
However, that soon fell flat with Thompson returning to Australia and is now ‘desperate’ to play under new boss and Penrith Panthers assistant Cameron Ciraldo.
“The British Bulldog Luke Thompson is desperate to be a part of Cameron Ciraldo’s Belmore revolution,” Michelle Bishop on 7 News revealed.
“In an exclusive interview with 7 News Thompson quashed suggestions that he wants to leave the club.”
Speculation about Thompson leaving the club came thick and fast when it was revealed that the former Saints man returned to the UK to take care of his ill mother.
But, the England international is still facing tough times with regards to injury at the club.
“It was a real tough time and people were obviously speculating about why he wasn’t playing,” Bishop continued.
“They have been very supportive and I want us to be successful. I know that the club is going in the right direction,” Thompson said on 7 News.
“I flew home for two weeks (to take care of her) and she is still in hospital at the moment. She is in the best place for now and she is starting to recover.
“It was a tough period but I got through that and was looking forward to coming back here and finishing off the season strong, but then I missed last week with Covid and now have a hole in my leg!
“The club has done all the right things to make sure that we are heading in the direction – you can already see the green shoots.”