Luke Thompson is an English professional rugby league footballer who plays as prop for St Helens in the Super League and England at international level. He has spent time on loan from Saints at the Rochdale Hornets in the Championship 1. He has played his most of his professional career to date for St Helens, with whom he won the 2014 Super League Grand Final.
Born: 27 Apr 1995 (age 24) · St Helens, England
Height: 185 cm
Wood’s to Tigers or the Sharks
The injury-riddled Newcastle Knights are looking to add players ahead of the June 30 NRL transfer deadline, following their latest casualty, co-captain Jamie Buhrer.
Buhrer tore his ACL during Saturday’s loss to the Roosters and has been ruled out for the rest of the season, joining a growing pile of injured bodies.
Mitchell Pearce (pectoral), Tautau Moga (ACL), Daniel Saifiti (foot) and Jacob Saifiti (shoulder) are all on the long-term injury list, putting the club in need of reinforcements.
But coach Nathan Brown says the club is not going to go after Bulldogs front-rower Aaron Woods.
“From what we understand, Woodsy is a Sydney man,” Brown told sbs.com.au.
“His mum is nearby and he’s going to have a family soon.
“Whether it’s Cronulla or back to the Tigers. You can write anything, you can make up a story – but I don’t think he’s coming to Newcastle.
“We’re certainly looking and looking hard but we need to find players that are a bit more longer-term at the moment rather than thinking shorter term.”
Now 6-8 for the season, the Knights face an uphill battle to make finals amid their injury crisis.
“I think we can certainly acknowledge that it’s (injuries) not helping, that’s for sure,” Brown said.
“I believe if Mitchell didn’t get hurt, that we would have won today’s game. We would have won two or three games that in key moments we haven’t won.
“That’s what experience does. That’s why everyone wants these types of players.
“We’re getting a bit lighter now, there’s a fair few longer-term ones, which are hurting us.”
Not sure if this has been posted already.
It’s in the courts but I can say what’s factual. Before we signed Des, Raelene (Castle, the former CEO) had been negotiating with his manager, George Mimis, for 12 months. They wanted a continuation of the original clauses. We wanted it in our favour, not his favour. We weren’t going to give him the full autonomy that he’d had. We gave him that opportunity, we got to two grand finals but never won a premiership. Then in 2016, we had an ordinary year and the players blamed themselves. Des presented to the board before the 2017 and said the style of play would change. The first couple of rounds, the style changed. When you’ve got a lot of big-name players coming off contract, they want to know who the coach is before they re-sign. You’re talking to Tedesco, Moses and Woods. All three were ready to sign, mate. All three. But Des didn’t want Mitchell Moses because he said he wasn’t the style of player and couldn’t play the footy he wanted to play. Des said, He’s not good enough to play. All three were done. Then Des wasn’t convinced on Moses. I organised a personal meeting with Tedesco and Woods with Des Hasler. And they tried to convince Des Hasler that Mitchell was our man. Tedesco said, “I want to play for the Dogs but I need to know who the halves will be. If you sign Mitchell, I will sign tomorrow. I’m with you”. Des said no. I remember both those players were prepared to sacrifice part of their contacts to bring Mitchell over. But once again, it was Des’ call.
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WESTS MAGPIES INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP SQUAD
Coach: Brett Hodgson
Assistant: John Skandalis
HERE is the proof a Tiger really can changes its stripes.
Of the 35 players posing up in this Wests Tigers team photo just three years ago, only five — Luke Brooks, David Nofoaluma, Chris Lawrence, Kevin Naiqama and Sauaso Sue — remain at the joint venture.
The giant black, white and gold broom went right through Concord with the club’s biggest names moved along, including Robbie Farah to South Sydney, Aaron Woods to Canterbury, James Tedesco to the Sydney Roosters, Mitchell Moses and Nathan Brown to Parramatta and Marty Taupau to Manly.
The likes of Pat Richards, Dene Halatau and Tim Moltzen retired, Matt Lodge landed in hot water in New York before resurrecting his career in Brisbane, Tim Simona was banned for gambling and ripping off a charity, Keith Galloway and several others joined the Super League in England while a few others are now happy to run around playing park footy.
Tigers officials were always aware such a radical makeover would be painful but needed as they searched for long overdue success.
Manly had a roster overhaul in 2016 and returned to the finals this season.
Sue, who has not played finals football since he joined the Tigers six years ago, said it had taken some getting used to with so many new faces.
But he did not expect Ivan Cleary’s shake-up to take long to reap results, revealing how quickly new recruit Josh Reynolds and halfback Brooks had gelled on the training paddock.
“We’ve done a bit of ball movement already and Brooksy and Reynolds were straight into their shapes,’’ Sue told The Daily Telegraph.
“Josh Reynolds is such a good bloke. He’s been a joker at training, he’s been open and encouraging when we’re doing our fitness.
“He seems a good leader. I’m still waiting to see how he got his nickname ‘Grub’.
“There have been a lot of changes in recent years, in the coaching staff as well.
“It’s good getting to know everyone at training.
“We’ve got the talent, the experience with guys who have played finals footy, so hopefully they bring that experience to the club and share the love.’’
Reynolds, Chris McQueen, Ben Matulino, Russell Packer and Taane Milne are among the new Tigers recruits, while Benji Marshall also returns next week after leaving the club at the end of 2013, the season Sue debuted.
Now Sue has set himself the short-term goal of securing the one position and being in the starting side.
The 25-year-old was married in the off-season, which was the reason he told Samoan coach Matt Parish he would be unavailable for the World Cup.
Sue said that in the tournament his countrymen “had not played to their full potential, and they looked flat’’.
Off contract at the end of next year, Sue does not want to join the recent exodus, declaring: “I’m on the bus, 100 per cent.
“I’d love to be a one-club player. I just have to let my footy do the talking.’’
Jamal Idris confident of resuming NRL career once recovered from ACL injury
Matt Logue, The Daily Telegraph
JAMAL Idris remains confident of overcoming an ACL injury to continue his career, even if it’s not at the Wests Tigers.
Idris hasn’t played since hurting his knee at training in May.
It was feared the injury could end the NRL journeyman’s career, but his manager Sam Ayoub says he is keen to play on.
Idris is currently in lockdown as part of his role on a reality television show, but Ayoub hopes to start talks for a new deal with the Tigers or another NRL club in the coming weeks.
“Jamal has indicated to me that provided the knee is right, he is keen to keep playing,” Ayoub said.
Jamal Idris wants to resume his NRL career once he recovers from an NRL injury. Picture: Gregg Porteous
“He is on a reality show at the moment that I can’t really say much about it.
“He is uncontactable for a couple of weeks.
“Once he gets out of that, we’ll be sitting down and chatting.
“The Tigers have indicated they just want to see how his knee is coming along, but I’ve had a little bit of interest in him from other clubs.”
The Tigers are yet to offer Idris a new deal for 2018 and beyond.
CEO Justin Pascoe said the club will monitor Idris’ knee before making any decisions.
“No discussion at this point — just allowing him (Jamal) to focus on rehab,” Pascoe said.
Asked if Idris was part of the club’s long-term plans, he replied: “Not sure yet.”
Daniel Tupou is expected to be the latest signing with the Wests Tigers for the 2018 season.
It is understood that high flying Rooster’s winger Daniel Tupou is in deep discussions with the Wests Tigers for a possible contract for the 2018 season and beyond.
The Sydney Roosters imminent signing of NRL veteran Michael Gordon, as a goal kicking wingers is expected to force Tupou from Trent Robinson’s starting 17.
But the Wests Tigers recent signings of Mahe Fonua, Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, Corey Thompson, Taane Milne and Tui Lolohea, will mean he will also face stiff competition under Ivan Cleary’s reign.
But the NSW winger is not fazed about winning the job with the Tigers and believes the club is heading in a exciting direction and he wants to be apart of it.
Tupou has made 109 appearances for the Sydney Roosters, since making his debut for the club in Round 24 of the 2012 season, against the Canberra Raiders in the Roosters 24-20 loss at Canberra Stadium.
Tupou is expected to make a decision on his playing future within the coming weeks.
Warrington Wolves Table Offer to Wests Tigers Star!
Super League club the Warrington Wolves have reportedly tabled Wests Tigers winger Kevin Naiqama whose contract is set to expire at season’s end.
The Wests Tigers impressive recruitment drive over the last month, which has seen the club sign, Mahe Fonua, Tuimoala Lolohea, Corey Thompson and Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, is expected to force Naiqama from the club.
Naiqama, 28, turned down a contract extension that the Tigers offered him at the end of the 2016 season, a 2-year extension that would have kept him at the club until the end of the 2019 season.
It is long believed that Naiqama has been keen to try his hand at Super League and experience living in England.
Kevin is expected now to follow in his older brothers footsteps, Wes Naiqama, who joined the London Broncos in 2015 after 121 games in the NRL.
The Warrington Wolves are rumoured to have offered Naiqama a 2-year contract worth around £150,000 ($250,000 AU) per season.
Warrington head coach Tony Smith, wants to desperately improve the Wolves attack, something that has been lacking in 2017.
The Wolves are also believed to be chasing Penrith Panther utility back Peta Hiku, a deal that may happen before the June 30th deadline.
Naiqama is expected to make a decision on his playing future within the coming weeks, but it is expected 2017 will be his last season at the Tigers, after making 60 appearances for the Tigers and scoring 25 tries since joining the club at the end of the 2014 season.
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