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Sport NRL 2020: St George Illawarra Dragons recruit Issac Luke credits Paul McGregor for move to new club

05:55  26 november  2019
05:55  26 november  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

St. George Illawarra Dragons confirm signing of premiership-winning hooker Issac Luke

  St. George Illawarra Dragons confirm signing of premiership-winning hooker Issac Luke Former Kiwis hooker Issac Luke has confirmed the worst-kept secret in rugby league after announcing his move to the St George Illawarra Dragons for the 2020 NRL season.Luke will enter his 14th season of NRL football in a career spanning across 271 first-grade games, having also played 43 Tests for New Zealand.

Read the latest St George Illawarra Dragons headlines, on NewsNow: the one-stop shop for St George Issac Luke 's new club confirmed Stuff.co.nz00:33. Luke moves to Dragons Radio New Issac Luke signs with St . George Illawarra Dragons 20 minutes ago Newshub21:52 18-Nov-19.

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Issac Luke talking on a cell phone© Getty Images

It was a surprising signing on the surface, but Issac Luke's move to the St George Illawarra Dragons came off the back of a rather surprising factor - under-fire coach Paul McGregor.

Despite pressure from the media and fans, McGregor will remain in charge of the Red V in 2020 and his first big recruit was the former Kiwis hooker.

And speaking to the media on Tuesday, the 32-year old explained how integral the coach was in getting him back to Australia and into the Dragons squad.

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“Mary probably was the kicker, he’s been awesome," he said.

"He has been straight up about how I’ve been playing, and it’s definitely something I needed. He said that Cam (McInnes) has a really awesome view of you, so he told me to have a think about it.

AFL 2020: Fremantle Dockers lock in star defender Luke Ryan until 2023

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The former Kiwi will return across the ditch to continue his NRL career after not being offered a deal by the Warriors.

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"My manager and my wife had a think about it too...and here we are."

Luke is expected to share the dummy half roles with Cameron McInnes, who also played a major role in the decision to join the Dragons.

The pair played together at South Sydney when Luke was at the peak of his powers and McInnes was coming through the ranks - but the roles have definitely changed heading into 2020.

McInnes is extremely close to representative honours after a couple of stellar years personally at Kogarah, while Luke is nearing the end of his career.

And according to Luke, the process in him joining the club had been an ongoing one that involved plenty of dialogue with his old Bunnies mate.

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“Even last year he was messaging me asking what my plans were because I was off-contract," he said.

"He kind of said one day it would be good if we got to play together. I’ve stayed in contact with him quite regularly about each other’s games.

"We have had that constant relationship which has been good."

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The deal has finally been done!32-year-old Prior will leave the Cronulla Sharks due to the salary cap restraints on the club.

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