Canterbury Bulldogs forward and former St Helens pack man, Luke Thompson, has finally broken his silence on his vaccination stance and his future.
Thompson has been the subject of much interest in the NRL off-season given his initial anti-vaccination stance which led to the enforcer being linked with a move elsewhere.
And, in a tell-all, bombshell interview with Fox Sports, Thompson has revealed that he waited for as long as he could before getting the jab.
“I was just trying to hold out for as long as I could. But when the government put the date back I had to get it,” Thompson told Fox Sports.
“The government set the date to December 1st for everyone to be able to go to gyms and stuff, but then they put the date back to the 15th, which meant I was going to miss another two weeks of pre-season.”
Thompson revealed that a government decision influenced him to take the jab.
“I missed two weeks, the club gave me two weeks off,” he added.
“I set up a gym at home to train and was doing all right but when the government put the date back I couldn’t afford to sit out another two weeks so I just got it, which is what I said I’d do all along if it was going to affect the team.
The 26-year-old has revealed the extent of the interest in him after being linked with a move away for so long in 2021.
“I’m settled here and enjoying it. I wanted to stay here so that was that really,” Thompson added.
“I think there was a bit of interest from the Wests Tigers last year but with the new squad at the Bulldogs, I didn’t want to (leave).”