Luke Thompson makes stunning return

Luke Thompson has constantly been linked with moves to Wigan Warriors, Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves and of course former club St Helens since the 2019 Harry Sunderland Award winner left the Saints in 2020 for the NRL.

This year he has been linked with a major move to Wigan Warriors by the Mole of Wide World of Sports.

However, a move to Super League would mean he would have to turn down interest from NRL clubs.

Both St George Illawarra Dragons and Wests Tigers have expressed an interest in Thompson and negotiations have been held with these clubs.

But before he could look ahead to the future he needed to focus on the now and defying the odds to complete a stunning return from injury which he did today.

He started at loose-forward in a great achievement for Thompson but he won’t have been happy with the result as they lost 42-6.

Nonetheless, it was great for the England international who recently addressed 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.”

Asked about his future, Thompson 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:

“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.”