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Oliver Gildart’s relationship with Luke Thompson could prompt shock move

Oliver Gildart has reportedly been trying to coax Canterbury Bulldogs star Luke Thompson to the Wests Tigers.

That’s according to the Sydney Morning Herald’s Danny Weidler, with Thompson’s anti-vaccination stance causing trouble at the Bulldogs and Gildart – Wests’ new recruit from the Wigan Warriors – has been attempting to influence the Englishman’s move to the Tigers.

Thompson had been linked with a move away from the Canterbury Bulldogs earlier in the year, with the club willing to let the prop go until a change of commitment ended speculation that the Englishman would leave.

However, Thompson’s future has now been called into question once more due to coming head-to-head over his refusal to get vaccinated.

Channel 9’s Danny Weidler revealed in the Sydney Morning Herald: “He has been butting aheads with the Bulldogs management about COVID vaccination.

“He has told them a number of times that he does not want to be vaccinated.

“He didn’t even want to wear a mask in Brisbane when players were required to do so after the competition was relocated to Queensland.”

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.

Thompson is the first NRL player to publicly refuse the vaccine – a refusal which comes after the NRL spoke out against mandating a vaccine for its stars.

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