AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 10: Issac Luke of the Warriors looks on after playing in his 250th NRL match during the round 22 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Newcastle Knights at Mt Smart Stadium on August 10, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

Off-contract Warriors hooker Issac Luke may depart the club at the end of the season as two Sydney clubs circle him, as reported by the NZ Herald.

The Warriors are already tied up in salary, therefore, Luke would be taking a considerably reduced contract to remain at New Zealand.

The two Sydney clubs have reportedly expressed an interest in acquiring Luke and entered initial discussions with his agent.

The 31-year old was coy when asked about his contract situation yesterday, following in his skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck’s lead.

“I’m not focused on it,” Luke told the NZ Herald.

“It’s a bit like what Roger said a couple of weeks ago, he needed to focus on his own performance and that’s what I’m doing.”

The teams who may be interested in his services include Parramatta, Canterbury and Penrith, given the remaining Sydney clubs already have established hookers on their list.

Luke’s preference is to remain at the Warriors, however, with a young family to look after, a big-money offer may lure him elsewhere.

Coach Stephen Kearney said the matter would play out in due course.

“It’s something we can’t do a great deal about because that’s where we are in terms of the cap so we just have to let it play out,” he told NZ Herald.

“If it happens, it happens so we’ve just got to let it unfold. It is where it is.”

 

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