Head Coach Trent Barrett welcomed Thompson to the Club.
“Joel is a player I have admired for a long time. I coached him in the Country team a couple of years ago,’’ Barrett said.
“Not only is Joel a terrific bloke and a terrific leader but he is extremely competitive and very tough. He is a professional.
“Joel has played plenty of first grade and his experience is something I thought our squad needed. Not only will the team benefit from it but also a lot of our young individuals will benefit too from having someone like Joel around.”
Sea Eagles CEO Lyall Gorman said Thompson brings a lot to the Club both on and off the field.
“Joel brings a strong passion and commitment through not just his on-field performances but also his off-field contribution in the community,” said Gorman.
“His dedication to adding value across the community is an area to which our Club is genuinely committed and one for which Joel was recently recognised through being the well-served recipient of the NRL Ken Stephen Medal for Community Service.”
Manly Sea Eagles 2018 Player Movements
|2018 Gains: Lachlan Croker (Canberra Raiders, 2018), Jack Gosiewski (South Sydney Rabbitohs, 2018), Toafofoa Sipley (New Zealand Warriors, 2019), Kelepi Tanginoa (Parramatta Eels, 2018), Joel Thompson (St George Illawarra Dragons, 2019)|
|2018 Losses: Pita Godinet (Wests Tigers), Blake Green (New Zealand Warriors), Brenton Lawrence (retired), Jesse Martin (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Steve Matai (retired), Nate Myles (retired), Brett Stewart (retired)|
|Re-Signed: Manase Fainu (2019), Addin Fonua-Blake (2020), Brad Parker (2019), Jorge Taufua (2019), Frank Winterstein (2019)|
|Off Contract 2018: Lewis Brown, Lachlan Croker, Jack Gosiewski, Jackson Hastings, Brian Kelly, Apisai Koroisau, Shaun Lane, Darcy Lussick, Curtis Sironen, Kelepi Tanginoa, Akuila Uate, Jonathan Wright|