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Revealed: The staggering amount of money needed to coax Luke Thompson back to Super League

If there is one thing that always gets people talking, it’s money.

But, whilst most job salaries are kept a secret, those who play in the NRL have their wages broadcast for all to see thanks to the digging of agents and the increasing transparency Down Under.

And, for British import Luke Thompson, the numbers make for very good reading.

Thompson, who joined the Canterbury Bulldogs midway through the 2020 season from Super League side St Helens, is said to be earning $800,000 a year, according to zerotackle.

That figure, in British pound sterling, is £430,000 which would equate to almost a quarter of the Super League salary cap for each individual side!

In earning such an amount, the powerful front-rower is the 21st highest earner in the rugby league world and the greatest for the Bulldogs.

It has perhaps come as little surprise therefore that the Daily Telegraph had previously reported that Thompson continues to be shopped around – in both hemispheres – in a bid to get his lucrative contract off of the Bulldogs’ pay list.

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.

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