Recruitment NZ Warriors Sign Issac Luke - Confirmed

BREAKING NEWS | Issac Luke signed

Vodafone Warriors managing director Jim Doyle has announced the club’s second major signing coup in a month confirming outstanding Kiwi hooker Issac Luke will join the club on a three-year contract at the end of the 2015 NRL season.

The 27-year-old Luke has been granted a release from the last two years of his South Sydney contract opening the way for him to join several fellow Kiwi internationals at Mount Smart Stadium.
His signing follows last month’s announcement that Kiwi and Sydney Roosters fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck had been secured for three years from the end of the 2015 campaign.

It means the Vodafone Warriors will start 2016 with three of the Kiwis’ spine players from the line-up that accounted for the Kangaroos 26-12 in Sunday’s Anzac Test at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane – Tuivasa-Sheck, Luke and halfback Shaun Johnson.

It was Luke’s 33rd Test since his Kiwi debut in 2008 while he has also played 176 NRL games for South Sydney so far.

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

Doyle said Luke’s signing was one of the most significant in the club’s history.
“On top of signing Roger as well, it’s a fantastic coup for us to secure Issac,” he said.
“We are always looking to bring elite players to our club and in Issac we have signed one of the very best there is.”

Vodafone Warriors head coach Andrew McFadden was elated.
“His arrival at the club will provide a massive lift to our side,” he 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.”

While he missed last year’s NRL grand final through suspension, the Hawera-born Luke was a critical contributor to South Sydney’s first premiership in 43 years.

He has also been as integral performer in the Kiwis’ string of international successes in the last seven years. He was used from the interchange bench in the wins in the Rugby League World Cup final in 2008 and the Four Nations final in 2010 while he started in the Four Nations final win last year and again in Brisbane last Sunday when the Kiwis won their third consecutive Test against the Kangaroos.

https://www.warriors.co.nz/news/2015/05/08/breaking_news_luke_s.html
 
Foran has til round 13 to back out of his paramata deal doesn't he? Maybe we could have the kiwis spine at the Warriors? Dreaming I know, but imagine the possibilities!!!!!
 
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Dam Doyle moves fast alright just didn't think this quick and he did without all the leaks of the past lol
Funny you should mention leaks.

Ive stopped asking players for goss. Last time I leaked something about a surprise team selection Jim Doyle sent out a memo with the leaked info and blasted the players about it. Told them that as their phones are legally the property of the club that he wouldnt hesitate to go through phone records and weed out the moles. Was told he even reported the incident to the NRL's Integrity Unit lol. Players are shit scared now :D. Even when I do hear stuff I wont post it in case he sends some heavies over and kneecaps me!

Bad for us and the good oil but great for the club.

Loose lips sink ships.

All praise Jim Doyle...
 
Doyle is a beast. Give that man a raise!

We now have a legitimate premiership window between 2016 - 2018.

If we can't win a title with half of the world no.1 ranked Kiwis in the team (including 3/4 of the spine and the captain) it's never going to happen.
I'm excited about next year now

He just needs to shore up the edges. I have confidence we will now get a class outside back aswell
 
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Well this moved quick. I nearly choked on my weetbix reading the headline this morning.

Waiting on a potential signing over the next few days to signed just after lunch time. That's how you do it a lot less speculation and debate and no disappointment like the Foran and Taumalolo potential deals.

Jim Doyle calls these guys up and talks to them in a scottish accent and they get homesick for New Zealand.;) Oh who cares how silly that sounds as long as the process works.:p

If players can be homesick for Brisbane they can get home sick for New Zealand. Come on home boys.
 
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