Former St Helens star Luke Thompson has been linked with moves to Wigan Warriors, Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves and back to St Helens in recent times.
Ever since he left Super League for the NRL, there have always been suggestions that he could be headed back to Super League especially in the periods he has been out injured.
This year he has waited all season to make a return to the field, Thompson has been heavily linked with a move to Wigan but lately St George Illawarra Dragons and Wests Tigers have emerged as interested parties.
Thompson has now spoken out about his injury and his future.
“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.”
Last week, Thompson made a return to the reserves for Bulldogs.
“I felt really good,” Thompson said. “The foot felt good and my lungs were better than I expected. It gave me a lot of confidence. Straight away I could feel that everything I’d done was starting to pay me back.”