After a lengthy period in which is own future was in doubt, fresh off his re-signing with Souths for the next 4 years, Bunnies hooker Isaac Luke has asked that the club retain halves Chris Sandow and John Sutton long-term as well.
With both Sutton and Sandow off-contract at the end of the season, and with their future at the club hinging on their performances in 2011, Luke believes that they can be a part of the core group of players that can possibly guide the Bunnies to a premiership.
”I didn’t want to go anywhere else, especially with the team we’ve been building,” 23-year-old Luke said.
‘Hopefully we can keep Sutts and Chrissy here too, now. But Nathan Merritt is off, too, and it’s going to be hard to keep all three of them.
The boys need to show what they can do. I think if we’re all going to stay together we need a big next six weeks â€¦ When we get the ball in hand, we can show them what we can do. But we have to defend better.”
For Luke, it is personal friendships with Sutton and Sandow that is the main sticking point as to why he wants them to stay with the club, as well as helping them prove themselves to the Souths organisation.
”I’d love to keep my combo going with the boys and be part of this,” he said.
”We’ve all been working towards something big for the last few years and now is our best chance to do something. A lot of that comes down to a combination that the three of us have to get right.”
When on song, in particular Sutton, the Souths halves have the potential to be some of the best play-makers you will see, but unfortunately, that seems to be few and far between.
”Look, you’re working with your halves every week but I thought they were two of our better players last week,” Souths coach John Lang said.
”If they both knuckle down, they’ll both get contracts, whether here or elsewhere. Their future here is under their control.”