Off-contract New Zealand hooker Issac Luke has revealed he is hoping to extend his career at the Warriors, crediting head trainer Alex Corvo for taking him under his wing.
The 31-year old has enjoyed a breakout campaign and is coming off a dominant performance during his side’s 26-6 win over the Broncos last Sunday.
And Luke professed that he is hoping to remain at New Zealand and take on more of a leadership role and help develop the club’s young hookers.
“I have spoken to Mooks (Stephen Kearney) about it. I want to stay,” Luke told NRL Media following the win over Brisbane.
“Obviously it is about what is best for the club and they have a lot of depth in my area at the moment.
“At the moment I am just trying to help those boys grow. I have to let my footy do the talking. I want a contract.”
Warriors CEO Cameron George said the club was in the process of negotiating a new deal with Luke’s management.
“Issac has been outstanding and we couldn’t be happier with the way he is playing,” he told NRL Media.
“He has been contributing to the overall performance of the organisation and that is something that doesn’t go unnoticed and something that our football guys are well aware of.
“We want quality people and quality players at our club and Issac is demonstrating those attributes week-in and week-out. He would be a great asset to us next year without doubt.”
Luke said Corvo has played a big part of helping him get up for every match in optimal condition.
“Then obviously there is what Alex Corvo brings with his tough mentality,” Luke said.
“He wanted me to trim down and he doesn’t let anything go past.
“Corvo has helped me with the fitness part of it, and when you are fit you are thinking a lot clearer and everything is not cloudy.”
Corvo added that Luke deserved all the plaudits for doing the hard work himself.
“It is just commitment from Bully (Luke) to be honest. He is the one who has made the effort and I have just pointed him in the right direction so it is a credit to him,” Corvo told NRL Media.
“The key has been his application, his enthusiasm and the extras he has done in all areas of his preparation whether that be his recovery or his diet.”
Luke said his form was “definitely up there” with some of the best of his career as he targets leading the Warriors deep into finals football.”
“Collectively as a club the boys are enjoying our footy, and when we do enjoy our footy everybody showcases their best,” he said.
“We want to be there in September footy. Even training in September awesome. The boys haven’t been able to achieve that since 2011 but that is definitely where the club is heading towards.”