With two length-of-the-field intercept tries in as many weeks, veteran Sharks second-rower Luke Lewis has shown there’s still a bit of life in the old legs yet. And rival clubs have noticed.
According to WWOS, a host of NRL clubs – including the Sea Eagles, Tigers and Roosters – have expressed interest in signing the former Panther to a two-year deal.
Lewis, who stated in April that he’d “definitely play on” in 2018 – at the Sharks, or otherwise – has so far only been offered a one-year deal to remain in the Shire.
The report indicates that the Sharks are considering matching the duration of the rival offers, but are concerned with blocking the NRL paths of their next generation with an aging star.
It’s hard to imagine that Lewis would be worth as much to the Sharks as he’d be to the Tigers or Sea Eagles, where he’d instantly become their best second-rower; however with Lewis’ preference being to remain at Cronulla, we expect they’re still in the box seat – if they want to keep him that long.
Lewis has made 299 appearances for the Sharks and Panthers, played 17 Origins for New South Wales, and 16 Tests for Australia.
He’s #12 on The Obstruction Rule’s Free Agent Top 100.