Manly forward Joel Thompson is set to be handed a one-year contract extension that will see him remain a Sea Eagle in 2020.

According to, Thompson is closing in on signing the new deal, with an announcement expected in the near future.

The 30-year-old was linked to a move to the Super League earlier this season, but he has turned into a valuable asset for Des Hasler's side, and will now stick around for another year.

Earlier this season, Thompson spoke of his willingness to stay at Brookvale Oval, and was even keen to take a pay cut if it meant staying at the club.

"At the start of the year I thought heading overseas would be the best for us [family], but the stuff I've been doing off-field it's hard to leave behind," Thompson told reporters last month, referencing his work with the NRL State of Mind programs.

"I've been doing that for the last eight years and being at a club that's winning ... I've been in clubs where coaches have been sacked or we've been at the bottom, so I've never really felt like this as a footballer – just that winning environment.

"I'd love to stay here, and I'm happy to sacrifice money because money is not everything to me."


  1. Champion bloke too. Was sad to see him leave Saints but understandably the security offered from Manly was too much to knock back for him and his family. Sorely missed at the dragons

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