It’s been reported that the Gold Coast Titans are looking to secure Wests Tigers back Corey Thompson on a deal effective immediately.
It is a sign that the Titans are moving in the right direction. Most of the club’s transfer business over the past three years has been to pay representative and star players a large sum of money which to this point has not worked out for the club.
When Bryce Cartwright joined the Titans in 2018 he was on the brink of playing State of Origin, since then he has failed to rekindle his form and even spent some time in the Intrust Super Cup.
Shannon Boyd joined the Titans as an Australian International in 2019 and would end up being used off of the bench.
Tyrone Peachey also signed for the club in 2019 after a breakout season at Penrith that saw him play State of Origin. He would not replicate that form on the Gold Coast in 2019, being put in multiple positions throughout the season.
Corey Thompson would come to the Titans relatively cheap and as one of the NRL’s most underrated players, and someone who is being wasted on the wing at the Tigers.
In 2019, the Tigers would shift Thompson to fullback mid season where he proved a safe pair of hands at the back with a reputable defensive game.
He was arguably the Tigers’ best player outside of Ryan Matterson last year.
The best part of Thompson’s game that could contribute to a changing culture at the Titans is his effort. One of the biggest factors that saw the Titans finish last in 2019 was a lack of effort from key players.
Due to Corey Thompson not having that same X-factor as a James Tedesco or Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, the 30-year-old makes up for it through an increased work rate and effort on the field, something the Titans are desperate for.
If he joins the Titans and maintains his work rate, other players will lift and rise to his level of effort.
Corey Thompson could prove a crucial signing in the development of the Gold Coast Titans culture.