Wests Tigers fullback Corey Thompson has spurned a late and lucrative approach from rivals Penrith to remain at the joint-venture outfit.
The Herald can reveal Thompson is set to take up a two-year deal with the Tigers after opting not to head to the foot of the mountains. The diminutive fullback-winger is one of the most underrated players in the game, but has quickly become a favourite with Tigers fans for his whole-hearted performances.
In a testament to how highly he is rated, coach Michael Maguire named him at fullback for the win against North Queensland.
Corey Thompson will remain at Wests Tigers.Credit:Steven Siewert
Panthers coach Ivan Cleary is a big fan of the 29-year-old from their time working together at Concord. However, he has opted to stay put. The deal is expected to be announced on Wednesday.
There is no love lost between the clubs after Cleary left the Tigers for Penrith despite still having two years to run on his contract. Thompson’s deal represents the first time since then that the teams have engaged in a battle for the signature of an incumbent player.
In a recent interview with the Herald, Thompson said he was looking for the security of a two-year deal after signing a series of one-season contracts.
“The first two-year deal I had was at the very start at the Bulldogs,” he said.
“I’m really working hard for a two-year deal. I think it’s a bit hard on the mind, just playing one-year deals, when you are always off contract.
“Last year I was lucky, I re-signed in April so it was pretty much a two-year deal. I just want to work hard and show I’m an asset to the team.”
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