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Sensational u-turn on the future of Luke Thompson

Former St Helens forward Luke Thompson is no longer for sale.

The Canterbury Bulldogs had put Thompson on the open market months ago, but the club has done a sensational u-turn and told the prop that he is safe at the club for at least another two years.

Thompson, who is on around $850,000 a year, had attracted the attention of two rival NRL sides, but Canterbury now seem destined to keep the powerful forward – especially when rival clubs asked the club to contribute to the deal.

“We were having a look at him,” said a rival NRL coach to News Corp, who asked not to be named.

“But we were told he is no longer on the market. I don’t think it was going to work out for them (the Bulldogs) so he is staying.”

Thompson had an extension request for 2024 and beyond rejected, with the 26-year-old free to talk to other clubs in a bid to earn a long-term deal.

However, such a deal is now dead in the water and the Merseysider remains committed to the Bulldogs cause.

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