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Saints forward set to leave due to “urgent personal matters”

St Helens forward Joel Thompson is set to retire after just one year in Super League.

That is according to the World Wide of Sports who have reported that Thompson approached the Lancashire club for an early release as his body can no longer handle the rigours of first-team rugby league.

The former Manly second-rower also has urgent personal matters in Australia to attend to.

Thompson, 32, has registered over 200 NRL appearances for Canberra, St George and Manly, but is barely into double figures for new club St Helens.

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