during the round 18 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the New Zealand Warriors at Suncorp Stadium on July 15, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia.

Off-contract Warriors hooker Issac Luke has not progressed in contract talks with the club on the eve of his 250th game against Newcastle this Friday.

The 31-year-old has arguably been in career-best form in recent weeks as New Zealand charges towards the finals, but is still without a contract for 2019.

Luke, who is in the third year of his current deal, has declared he wants to remain a Warrior, despite being linked to rival clubs and the Super League.

“I think I’ve expressed enough that I want to stay but that’s up to the club and my manager and I’ll let them figure that out,” he told reporters.

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“I’m just happy to be able to play football. I’m pretty happy with how I’m going.

“I have a lot more distractions off the field than I do on the field. I’ve got five kids, so they take my mind off a lot of things. When you go home you just want to reset and get away from football. And I manage to do that.”

Luke said he is settled in Auckland and also revealed his intentions of playing at least two more seasons in the NRL.

“I had a talk about it at my 200th – I wanted to hit 250. I’m here, now I want to get to 300,” Luke said.

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Warriors coach Stephen Kearney said working out a way to fit Luke into the club’s 2019 salary was going to be a challenge, while praising the support he was getting from his family for his resurgence of form.

“I’m pretty confident he wouldn’t have got where he has without his family,” Kearney told reporters.

“She’s helped him, because he needs help at times. She’s helped him stay on the straight and narrow and get to where he’s got to. It’s a real credit to them as a family.”

3 COMMENTS

  1. im suprised the warriors havent resigned him yet. He has played very well over the last year. I know he is 31 years old and a younger, up and coming hooker would be less expensive and could be good in the long run, however i think they should sign luke for at least 1-2 years before replacing him with another