Luke to bounce around bans

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

IS­SAC Luke has vowed not to al­low another sus­pen­sion to rob him of the chance to com­plete his legacy at the South Syd­ney Rab­bitohs.

Af­ter the heart­break of miss­ing last year’s grand fi­nal, the hooker will re­turn from another one- game ban when his side takes on the Knights in Syd­ney on Satur­day night.

In his fi­nal sea­son at South Syd­ney, Luke said the sus­pen­sion for his re­cent dan­ger­ous throw on Pen­rith’s Ty­rone Peachey was a timely re­minder.

Luke opened up about his “hon­est” re­la­tion­ship with coach Michael ‘‘ Madge’’ Maguire that led to his dump­ing to the bench this year.

He also spoke about the home­sick­ness that made him want to re­turn to New Zealand next year to join the War­riors.

He said it was dur­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with his fa­ther at last year’s Four Na­tions that he re­alised “it was time”.

Asked if he was an­gry at the time of his de­mo­tion, Luke said: “We drive each other to be ac­count­able for our own ac­tions and we have to live with it. Me and ‘ Madge’ get on.’’

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