Luke Thompson’s popularity within the Canterbury Bulldogs setup is clearly evident, with his teammates urging the former St Helens prop to remain at the club, the Daily Telegraph has revealed.
Reports have revealed that Thompson was looking elsewhere for a deal, with the likes of Wests Tigers and North Queensland Cowboys pondering their options, following the rejection of an extension request.
But, now his teammates have spoken out, urging the club to do all they can to keep the forward for the last two years of his contract – if not more.
“We haven’t really spoken about it much,” Bulldogs forward Corey Waddell said.
“I know that he still has two years left here at the Bulldogs and he is a quality player. We all know that and we love having him around the club.
“From what I know, he still has two years here and that is all we know. There is always going to be talk when it concerns a high-quality player.”
Both the Tigers and Cowboys have made it clear that Canterbury would have to contribute to part of Thompson’s contract for the move to be possible due to salary cap restraints, but the Bulldogs have rejected claims that they want to offload the Merseysider.
“I’m not too sure about the rumours and I didn’t know until now,” Jackson Topine said.
“But he is a massive part of our team and our big man going forward.
“He has ball-playing, footwork and he runs hard. I love playing with the bloke and I can’t wait to play with him some more over the next couple of years.”