Canterbury Bulldogs eager to carry English worldwide Luke Thompson to Belmore for 2020


“There’s plenty of hurdles for us to beat at this stage and there was no actual progress on that chance.”

Thompson’s addition to the squad this yr can be an enormous increase for Canterbury. The English worldwide is taken into account among the finest props on the earth, successful the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man of the match in Saints’ Tremendous League grand victory over Salford final yr.

Luke Thompson could join the Bulldogs this year.

Luke Thompson might be part of the Bulldogs this yr.Credit score:PA

Nevertheless, many challenges have to be overcome for the shift to occur. The NRL is but to formally resolve how far it’ll push again the June 30 switch window, whereas the Bulldogs should resolve if there may be sufficient upside in hanging a take care of St Helens at a time when journey and lockdown points might lead to restricted sport alternatives for the 25-year-old in 2020.

The Bulldogs are hoping Thompson received’t be the one English worldwide to affix the squad within the foreseeable future. The membership is likely one of the frontrunners for the signature of disgruntled Raider John Bateman, who is testing his value on the open market.

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Canberra are eager to maintain Bateman within the nation’s capital however don’t have the wage cap room to offer the payrise he’s looking for. Raiders coach Ricky Stuart and his former assistant, Bulldogs counterpart Dean Pay, have a powerful relationship that will assist the switch to Belmore develop into a actuality.

The Bulldogs have additionally been linked with Andrew McCullough, the long-time Brisbane hooker who has just joined Newcastle. Nevertheless, Hill stated: “I’m blissful to go on report to say that we’ve had no dialogue about Andrew becoming a member of the Bulldogs, with all due respect to him.”

There have additionally been ideas that Josh Reynolds may very well be returning to Canterbury, however the former NSW pivot is anticipated to stay at Wests Tigers.