Thompson refuses to rule out NRL move

St Helens prop Luke Thompson has refused to rule out a move to the NRL in the not too distant future.

The 24-year-old has been the subject of interest from down under, with reports in Australia claiming England coach Wayne Bennett is keen on signing him for his NRL club, South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Saints have issued a strict ‘hands off’ warning, however, with chairman Eamonn McManus stating that the prop “is here this year and next year and that is not going to change at all”.

After 2020, however, is when Thompson’s contract expires and as it stands, he isn’t sure what the future holds.

In an interview with Total RL, he said: “I’ve still got another year left at St Helens, which I’ll be playing.

“I’ve not really spoken much with St Helens about it yet. I’m just concentrating on my rugby for the time being, then there might be some opportunities there that I’ll have a look at, but I’ve not decided anything yet.

“I always want to be the best I can be. But I’m happy at St Helens and doing pretty well. We’ve got a good squad, so I’m happy and I think that’s all that matters. So long as you’re happy it’s all good.”