Prop Luke Thompson is in the sights of the Wests Tigers as he is gearing up to make his Bulldogs season debut this weekend. Thompson had been sidelined due to a foot injury ahead of the Bulldogs‘ first game of the season but is now keen to return to action against Newcastle on Sunday.
The Tigers are in the process of bolstering their squad for the upcoming year, with particular focus on their halves. Now their attention appears to be shifting towards boosting their forward pack. We’ve learned that the Tigers are considering Thompson, with plans to engage with the England international’s management soon.
Incoming St George Illawarra coach Shane Flanagan also has an eye on Thompson. Thompson and Flanagan had a conversation last month about Thompson potentially relocating to Wollongong. The Dragons are in dire need of forwards and Flanagan believes Thompson could be a noteworthy addition to their lineup.
Flanagan recently recruited local junior and South Sydney forward Hame Sele for a contract running from the next season until the end of 2026. Despite this signing, Thompson still remains a potential acquisition for Flanagan, following the club’s approval of Zane Musgrove and Jaiyden Hunt‘s discussions with rival teams.
Thompson recently made a successful return to the field, playing a 32-minute stint for the Canterbury’s NSW Cup team last weekend. The player had been off the pitch due to a Lisfranc injury received during pre-season training with club legends Mark O’Meley and Willie Mason.
There is word that Canterbury have an interest in retaining Thompson, who will be off contract in 2024, though under a smaller contract than his current yearly $800,000 deal. Thompson joined initially in 2020 from England, though a series of injuries has kept his game count to a mere 38 since joining.
Sio Siua Taukeiaho, a two-time premiership winner, is also tipped to join the Bulldogs pack. The star confirmed his scheduled release from his contract with Super League club Catalans Dragons on Tuesday. Unfortunately, Taukeiaho’s tenure with the Dragons has also been blighted by injury.
Corey Horsburgh‘s impressive season with the Queensland Origin team has earned him a lucrative $2.3 million upgrade with the Raiders. As we can report, Horsburgh has agreed to a four-year upgrade making this a good news story for the Raiders in the lead up to their Sunday clash against Melbourne.
Horsburgh’s successful 2023 season earned him a pay rise and an extended contract, ensuring his services for the Raiders until the end of 2027. Horsburgh’s recovery from a pivotal foot injury and his rise to become an Origin star has made his pay rise a deserved one. Following his debut as the 19th man in Origin II, Horsburgh fantastic performance led to his official debut in the final series game.
The Queensland coach, Billy Slater, admires Horsburgh’s unique work ethic and spirit. Raiders‘ club coach Ricky Stuart has also shown support for Horsburgh, with no interest in having him pursue free agency.
Horsburgh acknowledges that his experience in the Maroon team this season has helped him to become a more formidable player.