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Thompson pumped for Gold Coast clash

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/08/2016

Warriors back rower Bodene Thompson says he'll be returning to his second home when his side takes on Gold Coast in Queensland on Sunday.

The 28-year-old moved from New Zealand to the Gold Coast as a teenager with his family and moved through the Titans youth set-up, making his debut in 2009.

He made 49 appearances for the club before moving to Wests Tigers in 2013 and then on to the Warriors two years later.

Thompson told NZN he had only nice things to say about the club and city.

"It was good to come up through the system there at the time and all the junior grades," Thompson said.

"It was a good place to grow up and my family's still all there so it's a good chance to catch up with them."

Sunday's match at Robina Stadium will go a long way towards determining who qualifies for the NRL finals, with the Titans and Warriors separated by one point.

The Titans come off an 18-18 draw with high-flying Cronulla, while the Warriors finally broke their golden-point hoodoo against the Panthers in Auckland.

However, all talk of the top eight was overshadowed on Wednesday by Gold Coast's acquisition of star fullback Jarryd Hayne.

Hayne, 28, spurned hometown club Parramatta to sign for the Titans on a two-year deal worth a record $A1.2 million ($NZ1.26m) per season.

Thompson said the Warriors would need to be on red alert if Hayne plays.

"It's awesome news to have such a high calibre player back in the game of rugby league, we always want the best people," Thompson said.

"On the field he'll add a boost."

Thompson returned from an ankle complaint in his side's 20-16 win over Penrith, producing a typically strong showing in the back row.

The Kiwi played the full 89 minutes and made almost 40 tackles in the rain.

He said the ankle knock, which has kept him out since the Warriors' last match against the Titans in Round 17, was well and truly past him.

"It was just a bit of a loading issue that's been going on for a couple weeks and we thought it'd be wise to have a couple weeks off," Thompson said.

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