Incoming St George Illawarra Dragons coach Shane Flanagan potentially nears his first player signings after a clandestine meeting with Englishman Luke Thompson. The Bulldogs prop, plagued with injuries since joining the club in 2020 and playing a mere 38 games, is currently off contract. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Thompson met with Flanagan on Friday afternoon, suggesting the Dragons’ interest in recruiting formidable forwards.
Reports indicate that the Dragons are also eyeing Titans stars David Fifita and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, who are both free agents due to Justin Holbrook’s departure. Thompson’s conversation with Flanagan signals the club’s intent to bolster their forward lineup. Additionally, the Bulldogs, who are interested in retaining Thompson, plan to hold discussions with the player about his future.
Although sidelined indefinitely with a foot injury, Thompson might make a season comeback and impress coach Cameron Ciraldo. Flanagan believes that Thompson’s best football lies ahead of him, which prompted their meeting. Moreover, Thompson has previously expressed appreciation for the Bulldogs club in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, potentially making him inclined to stay with the team that supported him during his visit to his sick mother in England last year.
If Flanagan successfully signs Thompson, it will be his second recruitment for the Bulldogs, as former Dragons assistant Dean Young is set to return as well. In terms of recent performance, the Dragons have been struggling, but they almost caused an upset in their 36-26 defeat to the Raiders on Friday night. On the other hand, the Bulldogs managed to bounce back from their 66-0 loss to the Knights and secured a 36-32 victory against the Rabbitohs on Saturday night.
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