Despite having two years left on his contract at the Canterbury Bulldogs, prop Luke Thompson is nearing the exit doors.
That’s according to the Daily Telegraph, which revealed yesterday that Thompson continues to be shopped around – in both hemispheres – in a bid to get his lucrative contract off of the Bulldogs’ pay list.
The Englishman has been hitting the headlines following his initial refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccination, with NRL clubs calling for all their players to be vaccinated in order to play.
Thompson’s teammate John Asiata has already been given his marching orders by the Bulldogs’ hierarchy following his refusal to get the jab.
And, now the former St Helens forward has been offered to the Wests Tigers, according to reports Down Under after just one-and-a-half seasons at Belmore, but there is also speculation he could return to Super League.
The Bulldogs’ salary cap looks almighty close to the limit following the transfer of new signing Viliame Kikau who will be on a reported $800,000 a year when his contract starts in 2023.
That’s on top of new recruit Reed Mahoney’s $650,000 salary, whilst Thompson is said to be on $800,000 himself, according to Fox Sports.
Thompson had been linked with a move to the Tigers earlier in the season, with head coach Michael Maguire revealing that there had been serious interest in the former St Helens prop back in August, though the Englishman ended up staying with Canterbury.
There have also been reports linking Thompson with a move to Melbourne.