Joel Thompson’s new life after rugby league has been revealed.
Thompson, who joined St Helens ahead of the 2021 Super League season, is now a manager for THEE Group in Slacks Creek, Queensland, Australia – a rail construction and maintenance company.
The 33-year-old registered 19 appearances for Saints, but struggled with injuries – a fact that led to him calling retirement at the end of 2021.
However, following the Lancashire club’s victory over Catalans Dragons in Saturday’s Grand Final, Thompson had kind words to say:
“Super League Champions 🏆x 3 .. I didn’t play today but proud of playing a small part to get here… A special group of players. This club will continue on to break records @saints1890 ..
“Now I’m officially retired.. What a ride the last 15 years. So many good times.. I’m going to miss it.
“The game has given me a good life and I’m grateful. I will also miss the community work, I was like many players out there using the platform to help. My two passions were with my people and raising awareness about mental health. It’s been a privilege to help where I could.
“Thank you to everyone during my career, especially my wife, family and mates – I’m very lucky to have you all…
“Now time to get home and move onto the next chapter @theegroupaustralia“