Wasps swoop for Thompson
England hooker signs three-year deal
By Tony Curtis - Twitter: @SkySportsTC. Last Updated: 02/05/11 1:11pm
Thompson: Has agreed to join Wasps
World Cup-winning hooker Steve Thompson has agreed a deal to move to Wasps from Leeds at the end of the season.
Thompson, who is England's most-capped No.2, had joined Leeds at the start of the season from Brive - having revived his career in France after a serious neck injury had forced him to retire.
However Thompson, a member of the 2005 British and Irish Lions, has now signed a three-year deal with Wasps.
And Thompson said: "As much as it has been a difficult season for Leeds on the pitch, I have really enjoyed my time there and met some great people and I am very grateful that they gave me the opportunity to return to the English game.
"However I'm excited about the opportunity to go and play with Wasps for the next few seasons.
"I've been really impressed with some of their young players and I'm looking forward to being part of a team that is aiming to get back to the top of their game."
Wasps chief executive Chris Thomas believes Thompson will have a big impact on and off the pitch at Adams Park.
"Steve is exactly the type of front row forward we have been looking for in our recruitment drive for next season," said Thomas.
"He will bring with him excellent experience at international and Premiership level and we believe that Steve will also play a big role in developing some of our future talent."