The likes of Leeds Rhinos, Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and of course St Helens have all been linked with a move for Luke Thompson.
Following the retirement of Jamie Peacock and the neck injury to Alex Walmsley, Thompson cemented himself as the best forward in the Super League at the end of the 2010s.
In fact there is an argument to be made that Thompson became the best player in the league and he scooped the Harry Sunderland Award in 2019 before mid way through 2020 he left to join Canterbury Bulldogs.
When he has played for the Bulldogs he has impressed but he has sadly struggled with injuries especially in 2023.
In fact he is yet to play an NRL game and that has only intensified questions about his future in 2024 and beyond.
This year he has been linked with Wigan but 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.
Recently the Daily Telegraph has now reported that Flanagan is keen on completing the move for Thompson after these talks.
However, as these talks about a move do the rounds, there were reports that Thompson was set to be out indefinitely with an injury.
Phil Gould said on social media recently:
“Thompson still looks indefinite. Cortisone injection last week to try and speed up process. Kikau had bad bout of pneumonia two weeks ago which put his recovery back a few weeks. It’s been one setback after another this year. May as well get all the bad luck out of the way now.”
Gould would later confirm that Thompson is nowhere near returning which means he could have played his last game for the Bulldogs.
This appeared to be a disappointing blow for Thompson and raised further questions about his future but in a surprise twist Thompson is set to return when that looked very unlikely.
According to Gould, Thompson has “made himself available” for this weekend’s game.
This could also see him secure a future with the Bulldogs.