Former Saint Luke Thompson set for NRL return with Bulldogs

Luke Thompson is set to come out of 'cold storage' at the weekend.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 11:08 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 11:10 am
Luke Thompson

The former St Helens prop forward - who joined NRL club Canterbury Bulldogs midway through last season - is back in the fold after serving a suspension he picked up in the final round of 2020 for eye-gouging - but still hasn't come to terms with the judiciary’s ruling for his contact with ex-Panthers skipper James Tamou.

Tamou gave evidence at the original hearing, suggesting that he didn’t think it was an eye-gouge, but the plea fell on deaf ears.

“I’m still pretty baffled by it,” Thompson said.

''I tried to pull him to the floor in a tackle, I got my hand on his face and sometimes that happens. Maybe I could have copped a week or two for being careless, but I wasn’t sure about four weeks. I’m still really disappointed with that, but it is what it is.”

The 25-year-old former Bold Miners youngster said: ''Last year presented its challenges being back home training on my own for three months and then sitting in a hotel room for two weeks on a bike and not being able to do much.

''It was tough, but I was pretty happy how I went, to be honest.

“When you look at it, I’m pretty proud of what I achieved. I’m just looking to build on that now for this year.”

He is certainly needed in the Bulldogs' camp - the club having lost all four NRL games this season and currently lie 15th in the 16-strong table.