Ex-St Helens star Luke Thompson hit with bad news

Canterbury Bulldogs star Luke Thompson has been hit with illness ahead of the club’s fixture against Wests Tigers this weekend.

Things have gone from bad to worse for the Bulldogs after losing head coach Trent Barrett and then star signing Brent Naden within 24 hours of each other.

Four players – including Thompson – could miss that clash with Wests this weekend after being hit with the flu.

Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph has reported that speculation on Luke Thompson’s future continues to rage as Canterbury attempt to cut a number of their stars in a bid to refresh the club with Melbourne Storm one of those who are sniffing round the Super League Grand Final winner.

Storm will be losing veteran prop Jesse Bromwich to new franchise the Dolphins as they begin their NRL story in 2023.

Thompson was reportedly offered to the Wests Tigers before the season started, but he is determined to stay at Belmore until the end of his contract – however, he is unsure where his future lies beyond that.

“I’m not really sure about the rumours, they didn’t really come from me,” Thompson told the Daily Telegraph.

“I signed a three-year contract at the Bulldogs and I have every intention of fulfilling my contract.

“I am really looking forward to the season ahead and the year after.

“Going back home is always going to be an option but I think I will decide when it comes around to it. I’m enjoying my time over here [Australia] at the minute.”

Thompson has been one of the bright sparks for Canterbury since joining and has earned himself a reputation Down Under for bulldozing runs and big hits in defence.

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