BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 03: Issac Luke of the Kiwis passes the ball during the Trans-Tasman Test match between the Australia Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at Suncorp Stadium on May 3, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

New Zealand Kiwis legend and South Sydney Rabbitohs great Issac Luke is set to make his coaching debut next season.

Rated as New Zealand's best player to ever wear the number nine jersey, the former Rabbitohs, Warriors, Dragons and Broncos hooker will take the reins of head coach at Marsden SHS, the old school of Melbourne Storm legend Cameron Smith.

The school competes in the Langer Trophy schoolboy competition.

“In a nutshell, I never thought I'd be a coach,'' Luke said via News Corp.

“But Madge (former coach Michael Maguire) said I had a lot of knowledge. However, I was never able to project my voice or get across what was in my head.''

In front of Luke's teammates Maguire would “ask me for my thoughts and then say ‘sweet, we'll go with that','' Luke explained.

“And then in our meetings, there were big names like Sam Burgess, John Sutton and GI (Greg Inglis), but I got to a point where people were starting to listen to me.''

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 02: Issac Luke of the Warriors and Siliva Havili of the Raiders share a joke after the round 20 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Canberra Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium on August 02, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Speaking to News Corp, Issac Luke disclosed a short paragraph on every coach he had during his playing days in the NRL.

“Jason was excellent from a details perspective and he enjoyed being around the group. He gave me my start in the NRL and I can never take that away from him. He turned me from a fullback into a hooker.''

2. John Lang (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

“He was old school, real old school. But he was cool. I loved Langy and he gave me the confidence to be an 80 minute hooker.''

3. Michael Maguire (South Sydney Rabbitohs)

“The first phone call I got from him (2011, off-season) was after I had made a name for myself for the cannonball tackle (in the Four Nations). But he didn't like it and he went off about the whole noise around what I had done. The best thing about Madge (Maguire) was his detail and he put an emphasis on team culture.''

4. Andrew McFadden (New Zealand Warriors)

“I enjoyed him. If I was to rank my coaches it would be Michael Maguire first, and then he and Kearney level second. He loved high energy games and I wished I had been coached by him more.''

5. Stephen Kearney (New Zealand Warriors & New Zealand Kiwis)

“He was good in a cultural way and knew when to give you a cuddle or be hard on you.''

6. Paul McGregor (St George Illawarra Dragons)

“He was the best-dressed coach. He looked a million dollars."

7. David Kidwell (New Zealand Maori)

“He was at the Rabbitohs when I made my debut. Kiddie (Kidwell) actually showed Jason Taylor (coach) vision of my reserve grade games and said ‘you have to give this fellow a go'.''