Luke Thompson’s future twist as club demand vaccination

Luke Thompson is ready to put off being vaccinated for as long as possible.

That’s according to the Sydney Morning Herald which has revealed that he could once more butt heads with the Canterbury Bulldogs hierarchy as a result.

There’s been a push for mandatory vaccination in recent weeks, with new Bulldogs general manager of football Phil Gould a massive advocate, with Canterbury emailing all their players to say they expected them to be double-vaxxed.

Thompson has set up his own home gym to train in isolation in a bid to pause the process.

The former St Helens forward has been one of the most outspoken adversaries of the COVID-19 vaccine since it ripped its way through Australian society following an increase in the number of cases.

Although Thompson has backtracked on his initial opposition to being vaccinated, he is still unlikely to make a final decision until December.

The whole saga around vaccination protocol has led some NRL clubs to take legal advice about whether sacking a player could be done if they refuse the vaccine.

Players scheduled to return but not vaccinated will be refused entry by some Sydney clubs under New South Wales county health orders, which means that those players will be given home training regimes.

Under NSW health orders, if you are not fully-vaccinated you cannot visit a stadium, gym, or public swimming pool.

And, the Bulldogs hierarchy have issued a notice that Bulldogs need to be double-vaccinated in time for the club’s return to pre-season training on November 1.

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