“Judas” – St Helens fans devastated by Luke Thompson’s Wigan Warriors move

Wigan Warriors have completed some terrific business signing Leeds Rhinos star Sam Walters, his former teammate and former Huddersfield Giants hooker Kruise Leeming, Salford Red Devils prop Tyler Dupree as well Adam Keighran and Tiaki Chan from Catalans Dragons.

Their business has been terrific and peaked with the signing of former St Helens star Luke Thompson.

This is to the dismay of many Saints fans. Responding the news, one fan said: “Get the ‘Judas’ tee shirts out of the lockup I think we’re going to get busy.”

Responding to this, another said: “He’ll always be known as Judas.”

Meanwhile, another Saints fan felt they have someone better in George Delaney:

“I must be missing something he’s had his best years at saints it’s a shame he only managed 42 games in 3 years he could be great again if he stays fit look forward to George Delaney smashing him next season .”

But on the other side of things, another fan was very fearful of the Warriors: “Wigan will be very hard to beat next season ( saints fan ).”

But another joked that he was simply a secret agent: “Agent Thompson you know your assignment.”

The 28-year old will make the move from Canterbury Bulldogs for whom he made 42 appearances since leaving St Helens in 2020.

Thompson won two Super League Grand Finals with St Helens in 2014 and 2019, and was the Harry Sunderland Trophy winner in the latter. He was also named in the Super League Dream Team in 2018 and 2019.

He has made seven appearances for England, including featuring in the Rugby League World Cup 2021 last year.  He also made three appearances for Great Britain on the 2019 Lions tour.

Warriors Head Coach, Matt Peet said: “Luke is an outstanding acquisition for the club. He is a quality front-rower and brings a wealth of experience.

“We look forward to welcoming him and his family to the club.”

On signing, Luke Thompson said: “I can’t wait to be back playing in the Super League with crowds up and the squad strong.

“It’s a really exciting time to be joining Wigan. They’re playing great rugby and I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”

Recently Thompson spoke about his future and his latest injury.

“I could never write the year off,” Thompson said to the Daily Telegraph.

“Not playing this year never entered my mind. All year I’ve been trying to get back as soon as I could. My main focus was to get back and help the lads.

“It has taken longer than I hoped but it’ll be good to get back out there.

“I was back in the gym a week after surgery. You can’t train on your feet but you can do other stuff. I kept sitting in the team video sessions because I had to keep footy on my mind.

“Because as soon as I was ready to come back I had to be ready to go. It took longer than expected but all the hard work is going to pay off.”

When asked about his future, he said: “It’s a bit of a unique situation. I missed the back-end of last year and then played a World Cup. I came in ready for a big season and then I got injured.

“I know my values and what I bring to a club and team. For me it’s reminding people because I have not been there for a quite a while now. Injury can make you better or define you. I always have mindset to get it right.”