Kiwi hooker heads home and signs three-year deal at the Warriors

Issac Luke

Harbouring a desire to return home at some point, that chance has now arisen with the New Zealand Warriors signing talented hooker, Issac Luke. The deal with the club is for three seasons from 2016 and will boost the Warriors stocks.

The big signing comes after the recent capture of another Kiwi in fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, and so in order to join the Warriors, Luke was given a release by the South Sydney Rabbitohs from his current contract.

For Luke, he has missed home for some years and whilst he has loved every minute of playing for and representing the Rabbitohs club, a return home is something Luke has always wanted.

“I’ve been away from home for a long time now and I really miss it,” Luke said.

“I’ve loved playing for the Rabbitohs. They’ve done so much for me but I wanted to go back to New Zealand at some stage and I’m grateful they’ve allowed me to go.

“Going home to play for the Warriors has always been something I wanted to do. I know so many of the boys there and I also like what’s happening at the club since Jim has taken over.”

Fresh on the back of signing Tuivasa-Sheck, the Warriors Managing Director Jim Doyle says the coup of signing Luke is one of the most significant in the club’s history.

“We are always looking to bring elite players to our club and in Issac we have signed one of the very best there is.”

Equally pleased to have signed the Kiwi hooker is coach Andrew McFadden.

“His arrival at the club will provide a massive lift to our side,” McFadden said.

“With the game getting faster and the prospect of the number of interchanges being reduced, 80-minute hookers have become a real asset. Issac is an exceptional dummy half and he underlined that for the Kiwis in the Anzac Test against the Kangaroos. He was outstanding.

“It’s hugely exciting for us knowing Issac and Roger will on board next year.”

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