Isaac Luke joins St George Illawara Dragons

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Photo:  Isaac Luke / File

Isaac Luke has tweeted that he will be joining St George Illawarra next season.

Luke came off contract from the Warriors at the end of the season, meaning that he has probably been signed for a bargain basement price by Dragons coach Paul McGregor.

The Dragons also have Luke’s former teammate Cameron McInness on their books as the starting hooker, and there have been rumours that Luke's imminent arrival will mean a switch to the backrow for the 25-year-old McInness.

The club is very much in a rebuilding mode, St George endured one of their worst seasons in 2019, finishing in 15th place on the table just above the last-placed Gold Coast. Before the season had started, St George were expected to reach the finals and challenge for the premiership but only managed to win 7 games all year.

The 32-year-old Luke has previously played 189 games for the Rabbitohs in a career that stretched back to 2007. He moved to the Warriors as a big-name signing in 2016, however, it has to be seen as a bit of a 'bust deal' as the Auckland-based side has failed to achieve a deep finals run in his time there.

He has also played 37 tests for the Kiwis, making him one of the highest capped players in international rugby league.