The New Zealand Warriors have made a major signing coup by picking up New Zealand and South Sydney halfback Isaac Luke on a three year deal, beginning from 2016.

The Rabbitohs hooker has been a stand out in the side that won last year’s premiership campaign, though Luke himself missed the Grand Final due to suspension. The South’s number nine was also pivotal in New Zealand’s victory over Australia in the ANZAC test on Sunday.

Citing family reasons for his desire to return home to New Zealand, the South Sydney club was gracious to grant the hooker an early release from his contract, despite it being a big blow to the side they were building.

For the Warriors, the news is a major positive, and follows on from the signing of fellow New Zealand international fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck from the Sydney Roosters last month leaving the club in a positive space heading in to the future.

The signings appear to be needed, with the club having had a slow start to the 2015 season, winning just three games in the first eight rounds.

 

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Sam Dasey studied a Bachelor of Sports Media at UC, graduating at the end of 2013. He has undertaken internships with Canberra Times and Touch Football Australia, as well as a local radio station in Canberra.