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    Bargain Tiger Corey Thompson was happy to be ‘water boy’, just so chance to play in NRL again
    CHRISTIAN NICOLUSSI, The Daily Telegraph
    March 28, 2018 6:11pm

    WESTS Tigers bargain buy fullback Corey Thompson knows former No. 1 James Tedesco is now earning a whopping 10 times the amount of cash he is on.

    “But the way I look at it, I’m earning more than some of my mates who went to uni for five years,’’ Thompson told The Daily Telegraph.

    “I don’t look at it like, ‘he’s on a million and I’m on nothing’.

    “I’m getting paid good money to do what I love. I wouldn’t say ‘no’ to more money, and I’m working on it, training hard, I want to extend my stay at the Tigers and try to boost that (value) a bit.

    “Hopefully what I do on the field will reward me off it.’’

    Tedesco was lured east to the Sydney Roosters on a whopping $4 million four-year deal while Thompson bailed on the Super League to accept a minimum wage $95,000 one-year deal.

    He will wear the No. 1 jersey again on Monday against Parramatta.

    The Tigers have quickly commenced talks about keeping the little livewire at the club beyond 2018.

    After playing in the NRL on the wing for Canterbury before leaving for England, Thompson became homesick, and knew he could measure up again in the world’s premier rugby league competition.

    “So I told my manager to get me something, even being a ‘water boy’, just so I could get back into the system,’’ Thompson said.

    “About a week later he said the Tigers had something, and I said, ‘I’ll take it’.

    “I came back with no expectations, I had a good pre-season and it all worked out.

    “The first thing (coach) Ivan Cleary said to me was he liked the way I played, was happy to have me on board, and that just gave me the confidence to play the way I know how.’’

    Tui Lolohea impressed at fullback in the opening round for the Tigers and looked ready to fill the giant shoes at the back left by genuine superstar Tedesco.

    Thompson played on the wing, earning selection ahead of club favourite David Nofoaluma, and scored a brilliant late try to help set up the shock win over the Roosters.

    The 27-year-old moved to fullback in rounds two and three after a knee injury to Lolohea, and since made it impossible to flick him from the all-important position.

    Standing just 178cm, Thompson’s kamikaze-like kick returns have been a joy to watch.

    “I grew up not being the biggest fella, and I rely on my footwork late at the line to miss a lot of the contact,’’ Thompson said.

    “I love running it straight back at them. Hopefully our big boys like it, too.’’

    Thompson has settled into a modest home at Campbelltown with his partner and their two dogs.

    He enjoyed learning from Billy Slater while in the Melbourne Storm system, as well as Brett Hodgson when he was an assistant at Widnes, in the Super League, before returning home to join the Tigers coaching staff.

    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/teams/tigers/bargain-tiger-corey-thompson-was-happy-to-be-water-boy-just-so-chance-to-play-in-nrl-again/news-story/11c2fefa064b8538b3831d05755f9f7a



  • Agree completely - deserves to remain as fullback. Has been the big surprise along with Rochow up till now. Packer also deserves credit whilst McQueen, Fonua and Milne are yet to prove themselves.



  • I’m of the opinion that if fit, Tui should slot in at fullback with Thompson moving to wing. I think we need tui’s attacking flair to help us score points. BUT I totally understand the ‘keep Thompson at fullback’ argument.



  • Both decent footballers but I was interested to know that we were wanting a shot at RTS.



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    Both decent footballers but I was interested to know that we were wanting a shot at RTS.

    We shoot… and miss 😦

    That being said Thompson is playing way above his pay grade. I think Lolohea is the best option for fullback at the moment, but glad Thompson has surprised.

    Also, was hearing that Slater actually does a lot of work on defense and keeping the Melbourne line intact. Guessing this may have rubbed off on Thompson… which is good.



  • Love Thompson’s attitude puts in 110% but I’d take one Tedesco over 10 Thompson’s anyday



  • in the case that we have and want to put huge money into one basket, my preference would be (in the pecking order):
    1 80%+ goal kicker;
    2 2nd raw: Jason Tuimalolo, SB Williams or close equivalent;
    3 centre: Chambers or close equivalent



  • What would be a fair upgrade/new contract for Thompson? Anyone have a view or idea?



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    What would be a fair upgrade/new contract for Thompson? Anyone have a view or idea?

    He’s current on min wage $96k p.a. I’d double that



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    What would be a fair upgrade/new contract for Thompson? Anyone have a view or idea?

    He’s current on min wage $96k p.a. I’d double that

    I don’t think any of us watching him play would have a problem with that.



  • Good player. Although, i would rather have him on the wing. We need someone like Tui to play Fullback



  • What a balanced human, not concerned on measuring himself against others just measuring success on his own goals. He deserves a contract in the NRL on current form whether it be here or elsewhere.



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    Love Thompson’s attitude puts in 110% but I’d take one Tedesco over 10 Thompson’s anyday

    I wouldnt….1 Tedesco is only here until he gets something better from somewhere else…Thompson appreciates the opportunity he has been given and wants to stay because we gave him the chance to be back in the NRL…

    He respects the chance …Tedesco was very well looked after by the club when he was injured for a year and bailed as soon as the opportunity arose…going to the Raiders at one stage rings a bell…



  • Tedesco for sure



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    What would be a fair upgrade/new contract for Thompson? Anyone have a view or idea?

    He’s current on min wage $96k p.a. I’d double that

    About $250k player, on current form.


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