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Luke Thompson reportedly in talks over huge transfer

Luke Thompson has been linked with moves to Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and St Helens since he made the move to the NRL.

He was Super League’s best forward in 2019 claiming the Harry Sunderland Award in the Grand Final against Salford Red Devils.

He started 2020 strong only to leave for the NRL and Canterbury Bulldogs when the pandemic hit.

He has had an up and down time down under. When fit and playing he has been excellent but his runs in the side are often punctuated by injuries which has sparked this interest from Super League clubs and it is no different ahead of 2024.

There have been claims that Wigan have put in a huge offer according to the Mole who reported:

“The Bulldogs are in danger of losing star Englishman Luke Thompson for next season.

“Thompson has been sorely missed by the club in the early rounds, sidelined with a serious foot injury suffered at training in February.

“But the 27-year-old remains a key figure at Belmore and is expected to be back on the park in a month or so.

“Thompson comes off contract at the end of the season and has received a massive four-year deal from the rich Wigan club.

“It’s money the Bulldogs can’t match – despite Thompson’s current contract being worth $800,000 a season – so ultimately it will come down to whether he wants to stay in Australia for the lifestyle or return home to take up a deal that will secure his future long-term.”

There has been talk that Leeds Rhinos could consider an offer for the prop as well.

When asked about the potential move to Wigan, Canterbury chief Phil Gould shot down the suggestion.

On Twitter, he said: “As far as I know, Luke wanted to get back to playing before deciding anything about his future. There have been no contract discussions with us to this stage.”

However, in an interesting twist St George Illawarra Dragons have now entered the race to sign the prop according to Sydney Morning Herald.

They claim Shane Flanagan has identified him as a major target and that they have even held a meeting and initial talks.

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