Former Widnes winger and now Wests Tigers star Corey Thompson says Super League provided him with a solid grounding before returning to the NRL.
The 29-year-old started his career with Canterbury Bulldogs in the NRL, playing 35 first-grade games before finding chances hard to come by.
Thompson moved to Super League with Widnes ahead of 2016 and scored 41 tries in 57 games for the club, earning him a return to the NRL with the Tigers.
While at the Tigers, Thompson has claimed the No. 1 jersey and has scored 18 tries in 37 games so far.
And he believes going to Super League was the best move for his career.
Thompson told NRL.com: “I knew I could give more to the NRL and I went to England to play consistent first-grade footy.
“My second year at the Dogs, I was in and out of first-grade and wasn’t really getting a consistent run at things.
“Sometimes that’s what you have to do; you have to move on to come back to a better situation. I’m really happy how it worked out.
“Hopefully boys like [Rhyse] Martin go to Super League, build confidence and come back to the NRL if that’s what they want to do.”
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