In a transfer saga that has dominated the whole of the 2023 season it’s finally confirmed that former St Helens star Luke Thompson will leave Canterbury Bulldogs and join Wigan Warriors.
The former Saint spent three and a half seasons down under in the NRL but only amassed 42 games due to injury and after much speculation, it’s now confirmed that he has joined Matt Peet’s side for 2024.
The club announced the news via social media and their website:
“Wigan Warriors are delighted to announce that Luke Thompson will join the club on a four-year deal from 2024.
“The 28-year old will make the move from Canterbury Bulldogs for whom he made 42 appearances since leaving St Helens in 2020.
“Thompson won two Super League Grand Finals with St Helens in 2014 and 2019, and was the Harry Sunderland Trophy winner in the latter. He was also named in the Super League Dream Team in 2018 and 2019.
“He has made seven appearances for England, including featuring in the Rugby League World Cup 2021 last year. He also made three appearances for Great Britain on the 2019 Lions tour.”
Warriors Head Coach, Matt Peet said: “Luke is an outstanding acquisition for the club. He is a quality front-rower and brings a wealth of experience.
“We look forward to welcoming him and his family to the club.”
On signing, Luke Thompson said: “I can’t wait to be back playing in the Super League with crowds up and the squad strong.
“It’s a really exciting time to be joining Wigan. They’re playing great rugby and I’m looking forward to being a part of it.”
He will join a forward pack that comprises Tyler Dupree, Sam Walters, Ethan Harvard and young Junior Nsemba with a plethora of English talent.