General Luck may leave Warriors

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NRL: Luck set to finally run out
By Michael Brown

5:30 AM Sunday Apr 22, 2012


Having a little boy has prompted Micheal Luck to call it a day and spend more time with ToniLee and son Murphy. Photo / Doug Sherring

Micheal Luck has made 5484 tackles in his Warriors career and propelled himself into opposition defences 1103 times.

He has asked his body to do an extraordinary amount of work over the past six years, in one of the toughest sports anywhere, but now his body is telling him it's nearly had enough. It doesn't want to be bent and twisted and punished much more.

It's a principal reason why Luck will retire from rugby league at the end of the season. His decision came as a surprise - Warriors chief executive Wayne Scurrah assumed he wanted more money when Luck and his agent walked into his office on Thursday - especially as Luck turned 30 only yesterday.

But he is at peace with it. He has another good reason, too. Three days after the Warriors' 40-10 defeat to the Broncos in their qualifying semifinal at Suncorp Stadium last year, his son Murphy was born.

"My body is telling me you can't keep bashing yourself forever and expect everything to heal up as quickly as it used to," Luck says. "I think the time is right to go back to Townsville to be surrounded by our family. Having a little bloke opens your eyes and gives you a different perspective on things.


"Five years ago, I lived and died by what I did on a footy field. That's changed. I always thought when my focus wasn't solely on football, that would be when I started to question myself. In saying that, if my body held up to it, I would play forever.

"But the way I play the game, I'm a smaller man in a bigger man's game. It takes its toll. I have loved every minute of it and still love being around the boys. That's the thing I will miss the most, being able to go to work with your 20 best mates every day."

Luck will leave a big hole at the club on so many levels and it's why they offered him a one-year extension as well as a position on the back-room staff. Coach Brian McClennan had also started discussing the possibility of Luck joining the coaching team.

"That was unbelievable," Luck says. "I was blown away by those offers and so grateful those guys thought of me in that regard. But for the good of us, it's time to go back and let Murphy grow up surrounded by cousins, grandparents, aunties and uncles. It's time to start the next phase of my life.



"At the moment, I don't know what I will do but I won't say no to anything. I'm not all that concerned about it just yet. If I can stay involved in the game at a professional level, that would be great. But given there's only one team in Townsville and all those jobs are probably filled [it might be difficult]. If there's nothing, I will go back to drinking cans at the cans bar in Townsville."

Luck will probably do that anyway but he has more than just rugby league to fall back on. He's completing a masters in business with a focus on sports management and employment in that area is a possibility.

Even before he made his first-grade debut for the club in 2006, the side were stripped four competition points and fined $430,000 for a serious breach of the salary cap. He wasn't put off, however, because he was desperate to establish himself as a regular first-grader.

Luck played 76 games for the Cowboys over five seasons but most were off the bench and it didn't take long to make a decision to relocate when new Warriors coaches Ivan Cleary and Kevin Campion called. He hoped he would be more than a "bit-part player" for the Warriors. He was a lot more than that.

People will remember him for his tackling - he once made a record 74 in one game and in 2008 made the most of any player in the NRL. They'll also remember his leadership and work ethic and it's those qualities that earned him a call-up to the Queensland State of Origin side in 2007 as 18th man.

"If I walk off the field and I'm not exhausted, I'm disappointed in myself," he says.

Sometimes, however, he didn't walk off. In 2010, his leg was sliced open by the studs of Anthony Watmough, leaving an 18cm gash above his knee that was so gruesome, many who saw it nearly vomited. And last year, he missed a month (he was supposed to be out for two) after dislocating his knee cap. He's had four surgeries since November and the hand he broke in last year's grand final still hasn't healed.

Luck isn't one to complain about injuries - it's something that even annoys his wife ToniLee because he's clearly in pain - and thinks he's been fortunate throughout his career.

"Most of my stuff is superficial," he says. "Cuts here and there."

Luck once played 70 consecutive games for the Warriors but he's not as durable any more. And he knows it.

He has always wondered when the time was right to retire and those thoughts became more persistent last year. Last week, he settled on his decision.

"To go out on my own terms was something I always wanted to do," he says. "I didn't want to go a season too long - not be a burden on the rest of the team."

That epitomises Luck. The likeable 30-year-old doesn't want a fuss made about him and didn't think anyone would be too bothered when he retired. They are, because every team needs a Micheal Luck.

Sadly for the Warriors, their one won't be around for much longer.

- APNZ
By Michael Brown
 

Etern0L_Warrior_old

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very good article; luckys a great man i wish him all the best for the future!
 

Buck777_old

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"If I walk off the field and I'm not exhausted, I'm disappointed in myself,"

In one line he sums up why his attitude will be missed, sorely.
 

upsndowns_old

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Wouldn't be surprised to see him play for Penrith next year.

Maloney, Brown and Luck off, is the club trying to get rid of all the white players? certainly seems that way.
 

fanrrior_old

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But for the good of us, it's time to go back and let Murphy grow up surrounded by cousins, grandparents, aunties and uncles. It's time to start the next phase of my life.

If you change Murphy's name, and imagine a few "uh", "oh", "Nah", "Bro" and "eh", then you could tell that New Zealand has rubbed off on him. :)
 

boats n hoes_old

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Wouldn't be surprised to see him play for Penrith next year.

Maloney, Brown and Luck off, is the club trying to get rid of all the white players? certainly seems that way.

Lewi's Maori.

Given also they made offers to Luck and Maloney to stay then nah, i dont think so.
 

boats n hoes_old

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On Luck, geez what a machine he's been. If salaries were paid by workload alone then he'd be one of the highest paid players going.

Definitely a one dimensional player but i was more than happy with that if the mix of backrowers around him was right. What a great legacy to pass on to Elijah and Benry.
 

Qtownwarrior_old

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favorite luck memory everyone??

that ball for maloney against the storm, the look of surprise on maloney's face that Luck didn't hit the line was gold!
 

surfin_old

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Wouldn't be surprised to see him play for Penrith next year.

Maloney, Brown and Luck off, is the club trying to get rid of all the white players? certainly seems that way.

Did you even read the articles posted, actually looking at your posts they look more sh*t stir than genuine comment. If not please read what is posted before making a ridiculous comment.
 

Gundog_old

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Never rated him until last year tbh...but very sad to see him go now, we really really need some players on the field who demand perfection from our boys, he was one of them. Was reading that story in the Sunday News about Duffie the winger from Melbourne stating how Slater used to give him both barrels when he 1. messed up 2. Got lazy, this is exactly the kind of attitude we need and are missing.
 

David James_old

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Very very upsetting news to see The Luck Truck will be moving on at seasons end, he is a Warrior in the truest sense of the word, the man just never gives up, and invests himself fully into the game. I'll never forget seeing him on the plane after the Grand Final loss, it affected him hard by the look of it, so much of himself put into that game.
 

King_Bubz_old

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Luck will play for Penrith

Why does everyone assume he will go to the Panthers?? Yes Cleary was in love with the guy, but as far as Im aware Lucky is a very proud Queenslander, so why would he go into NSW country? And besides Luck has stated he wants to retire as his body cant take it anymore and move back to Townsville... If he goes anywhere I can see him taking up a defensive coaching role at the Cowboys but that would be it
 

bin fishin_old

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Why does everyone assume he will go to the Panthers?? Yes Cleary was in love with the guy, but as far as Im aware Lucky is a very proud Queenslander, so why would he go into NSW country? And besides Luck has stated he wants to retire as his body cant take it anymore and move back to Townsville... If he goes anywhere I can see him taking up a defensive coaching role at the Cowboys but that would be it

...Gus will use Lucks experience..
 

Moz_old

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hahaha Panthers hahahaha 2 games in a row smashed 30 nil they dont need Lucks defensive experience they need the SAS
 

King_Bubz_old

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...Gus will use Lucks experience..


Im sure most teams would love having a guy like Lucky either on the paddock or in a coaching type role, so im not doubting that the Panthers will have a go at trying to get him... Id expect the Panthers to be the first team to put an offer to Luck, but the dude has said that its not about the money and that he wants to retire and head back home to North Qld, so why would he take up a role out in the woops of west NSW
 

facefacts_old

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hahaha Panthers hahahaha 2 games in a row smashed 30 nil they dont need Lucks defensive experience they need the SAS


Must be something going on out there, they have a decent squad, a damn sight better than those
scores point to anyway.
 

Moz_old

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Must be something going on out there, they have a decent squad, a damn sight better than those
scores point to anyway.

they are the perrenial underachievers they've always had a fairly handy squad with enough experience to finish better than they do IMO they dont gel as a team first call of business for Ivan is probably to get them to play as a cohesive unit, remembering the state of the club when Ivan first came to the warriors he may be able to pull it off.


ps. - that is if Gus lets him
pps. - I stand by my belief that Luke Lewis must stay healthy for the season, NO Luke Lewis Panthers are gooooone
 
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