CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 09: Issac Luke of the Warriors kicks the ball during the round 14 NRL match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the New Zealand Warriors at AMI Stadium on June 9, 2018 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Warriors hooker Isaac Luke is unlikely to be at New Zealand next season despite being one of their best players in 2018.

Although things could change, salary cap issues are the main reason the club will struggle to retain 31-year old, not being granted third-party luxuries like other clubs.

Despite already offloading some of their biggest contracts in Ryan Hoffman, Manu Vatuvei and Ben Matulino, the Warriors are still tied up in big pay packets to Shaun Johnson, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck andTohu Harris, amongst others.

And as such, New Zealand cannot now offer him what they did to pry him away from the Rabbitohs. The emergence of Nathaniel Roache amid a growing depth of hooking stocks may also force Luke out of town.

“I’ve just got to let my game do the talking,” Luke told

“I just want to perform on the field. I don’t really want to think too much about my future, it’s something I will let my manager sort out with the club.”

Warriors coach Stephen Kearney said the club was faced with a challenge to retain its quality players.

“It’s a difficult one,” Kearney told the Herald.

“It’s a process we are working through. We have got a couple of other guys, too, so it’s a situation where there are other pieces in the puzzle that we have to shuffle into place first.

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“It will be a decision that will probably crystallise for both parties in a couple of weeks or so.”

Kearney admitted that the Warriors were financially capped with what they could offer.

“(The offer) will be different … different to what he is on. The decision might be taken out of my hands. The reality is, his expectation is one thing, and our position is another. A lot of times they don’t match at the best of times.”



  1. Wat to go Roger Toohey’svasa-$hreck, you have done a Cherry-Evans and chewed up a massive amount of the salary cap. ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha不不不不不不不. Atrracting huge dosh is alright but they cant afford to buy a premiership winning team around you. Enjoy the 莞莞莞莞莞莞莞莞莞莞莞莞莞莞莞莞

  2. Surely Eels will make a play. There hookers our reserve grade quality. King offers nothing. Pritchard is a live wire but gets injured and concussed way to often. Will Smith is not a recognised hooker and is better of the bench. Tho Mahoney seems good but just needs to be developed more.

  3. They just signed Lesson Ah Mau but cant afford to keep Issac Luke. Why when you already have the likes of Bunty Afoa, Sam Lisone, James Gavet, Albert Vete, Agnasious Paasi and Adam Blair who can play Prop sign another one and let go one of your most influential players. DUMB.
    Not to mention our huge amount of backs
    RTS, Fustitua, Kata, Beale, Hiku, Maumalo, Ayshford, Gelling, Santo, CNK, Soosomea and more..

    If I could recommend letting go of Mania Cherrington, Anthony Gelling, Albert Vete Zac Santo, James Bell and possibly 1 other if needed in order to keep Issac Luke and welcome in Ah Mau (would I do like)

  4. me thinks Isaac Luke is passed it , to be honest, if Parra signed him it would be a backward step, he never really played to his Souths form once he left, his best years are beyond him.

    • Penso I think Newcastle, they dont have a salary cap. He will be with a few Rooster winning premiership players from 2013 in Guerra, Pearce & Kenny-Dowall. Souths used to be the retirement village for retiring Rooster players. Fletcher, Heggerty, Cusack, Crocker, Wing etc.etc.etc. Newcastle has stolen that from the smelly ol rabbitohs now.

  5. Mannering will retire now and that money can be used to keep bully, why did we buy ah mau if it meant losing bully. Roache is coming off an acl and even before it was still average, warriors have the third best rake in the nrl now and our next best wouldn’t even get a spot on the bench for parra.

  6. When Bully transferred to the Warriors, a large part of his Salary was made up in TPAs.
    Traditionally the Warriors have been well stocked with Third Party top-ups.

    The NRL has definitely been cracking down on third-party deals since the Eels cheating.
    Many such deals are being rejected.
    Many of the top clubs have had to move players on due to such deals being denied.
    Broncos, Storm, Cowboys, Eels, Sea Eagles.
    The Rabbitohs were also denied such deals to players who have departed.

    I do hope the Rorts are next.

  7. Theres a few players we can let go of that are no where near the caliber of Isaac Luke. Overstocked with props who aren’t up to standard …Jazz & Kata can go too

  8. Without string too carried away some certain people, has anyone heard the rumour of dce not been paid for 6 months and is looking to walk out mid season,???
    Just got sent an article from a friend and thats what it says???

    • Heard it and its deadest true Bob Fulton. He’s heading to the Warrior’s after they off load a few players Manly will pay a portion of his wage for 8yrs.

    • Post it on her bobfulton, interesting rumour and I’d like to see it if you blokes are deadset.

      • Daly Cherry-Evans Set To Walk Out On Manly Sea Eagles.?
        Posted On : June 10, 2018 Published By :
        Cherry Evans is reportedly furious and is threatening to walk out of the club mid season.

        Huge developments coming out from Manly that Daly Cherry-Evans has failed to recieve his pay for the past 6 months.

        It was the longest single contract in rugby leagues 107-year history and it proved to be the final move that allowed Manly to trump the Gold Coast in the battle for Daly Cherry-Evans.

        Cherry-Evans, 29, signed a lifetime deal worth in excess of $1 million a season, guaranteed, at Brookvale for as long as he plays. And Manly expect that to be until 2023.

        Now it is believed that the Manly Sea Eagles are struggling to pay their players with DCEs contract understood not to have been paid for the past 6 months.

        In March NRL CEO Todd Greenberg revealed that 13 players contracts with the club were deemed to be non-compliant at Manly going back five years and totalling around $1.5 million.

        Manly were hit with a $750,000 fine, $250,000 suspended, as well as having $330,000 taken off their cap for the 2018 and 2019 season, which is causing the club major issues paying a number of their players.

        It is understood that Cherry-Evans is demanding his money owed or he is ready to walk-out of the club immediately.

        Cherry-Evans is believed to be keen to go to the Gold Coast and highly regrets back flipping on the deal a few years ago.

        Team-mate Dylan Walker is also believed to be on the outer and on the verge of signing a contract with Canadian Rugby League team the Toronto Wolfpack.

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      • There are mate, certainly not making it up, dont know about the site that posted could probably be a complete hoax site, just something I was sent like I said, thought someone might have some info…

        • It had me till Walker to Toronto, souths maybe but not Toronto but you never know, thanks for the article anyways mate. Intriguing if true wouldn’t be angry either as DCE moving on would help the club in my opinion.

  9. I can see him helping Parra out, he suits that club. Sometimes you can just see players at clubs, Luke to me would be perfect at Parra. Big loss for Warriors though he has been exceptional this year.

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