Luke Thompson is one of the best English props in the game when healthy however he’s had numerous injury issues over the past few years and that’s meant his impact in the NRL hasn’t been as destructive as his time with St Helens.
Thompson left Saints in 2020 as he joined Canterbury Bulldogs midway through the season aged just 25 but injuries during his time down under have limited him to just 42 appearances in his three and a half years there.
Prior to that he’d racked up over 150 appearances for Saints including having starred in a Grand Final winning campaign, even earning the Harry Sunderland trophy for his performance in the 2019 win over Salford Red Devils.
With the knowledge that his contract was set to expire at the end of the current season there have been rumours about Thompson throughout the season, whether he would return or whether another NRL club would move for him.
His reported salary of $800,000 ruled out many teams but recently there have been reports that he will link up with Wigan Warriors, something that former Saint and Bulldog James Graham was tormented by.
Speaking on Australian radio, Graham explained: “Sometimes there’s personal reasons why English lads go back but I am gutted he’s not going to be in the NRL and even more disappointed he will be wearing the Cherry and Whites.”
Thompson has now said farewell to Canterbury in a post on his Instagram account, heavily suggesting that he is indeed returning to England.
The post reads:
“Last day at Belmore today.
“What a few years it has been since I arrived here.
“It may not have played out the way I envisioned it due to some unfortunate circumstances, but every time I pulled on the Bulldogs jersey it filled me with pride and I gave it my all every day.
“The challenging times have only made me better,
“I’ve met some wonderful people and made memories that will last a lifetime.
“I want to thank everyone who has helped me in some way during my time here. Also, I want to thank the club and fans for everything and wish them nothing but the very best for the future.”