Canterbury have signed prop Luke Thompson from St Helens for an undisclosed fee with immediate effect.
The 25-year-old has played 157 games for Saints since making his professional debut in 2013 and was named man of the match in last year’s Grand Final win over Salford. He has earned two caps for Great Britain and four for England.
Thompson had been due to join the Bulldogs on a three-year deal from 2021, but he will make the move earlier than originally expected.
He said: “Getting the chance to join the Bulldogs and be a part of a club with so much history and with such passionate fans is very exciting.
“Having spoken to many people at the club and listened to their plans for the future, I know that they are building for success and I’m looking forward to being part of that.”
Bulldogs chair Lynne Anderson said: “We are thrilled Luke will join us this year. It’s a huge boost to our young team, and provides further experience to support our senior leadership group.
“We have worked really hard to get him here early, and it’s fantastic to see it come to fruition.”
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