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Important update on Luke Thompson

It was reported that Wigan Warriors were interested in a sensational move for Canterbury Bulldogs prop and England international Luke Thompson.

Thompson won the Grand Final with St Helens in 2019 winning the Harry Sunderland Award as Man of the Match against Salford Red Devils and has starred for England since then.

There have been constant questions over whether he would return to Super League since his NRL move to Canterbury Bulldogs in 2020.

He was linked with a return to St Helens or a move to Leeds Rhinos or Warrington Wolves.

Now injured, more questions have been raised about his future in the NRL and Wigan have put in a huge offer according to the Mole who reported:

“The Bulldogs are in danger of losing star Englishman Luke Thompson for next season.

“Thompson has been sorely missed by the club in the early rounds, sidelined with a serious foot injury suffered at training in February.

“But the 27-year-old remains a key figure at Belmore and is expected to be back on the park in a month or so.

“Thompson comes off contract at the end of the season and has received a massive four-year deal from the rich Wigan club.

“It’s money the Bulldogs can’t match – despite Thompson’s current contract being worth $800,000 a season – so ultimately it will come down to whether he wants to stay in Australia for the lifestyle or return home to take up a deal that will secure his future long-term.”

There has been talk today that Leeds Rhinos could consider an offer for the prop as well.

Still injured, Canterbury Bulldogs Chief Phil Gould has gone on record to say that he hopes that Luke Thompson can get back on the field.

This is a departure from what he said previously when Thompson was ruled out for the rest of the season.

He said:

“Firstly hoping that Luke Thompson, Viliame Kikau, Chris Patolo, Sam Hughes, Ray Fatailer-Mariner can get to full fitness and play some football. That would certainly help in the short term.

“We are looking for forward purchases for 2024 and beyond. There is very little on the market at this time. The new 17th team and new salary cap has most players locked up. We have several young forwards showing tremendous potential who will hopefully bubble up to NRL level in the next couple of seasons. We talk about this subject every day.”

This is an important update because Thompson’s future will only be decided once he is fit again.

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