Watching Mason Lino walk out the door could be a blessing in disguise for the Warriors.
Though Lino is among the league’s best back-up halves, he wouldn’t crack the Warriors’ top 17. However, his exit may have paved the way for the Warriors to retain hooker Issac Luke – arguably their best player in 2018 (according to the Dally M’s, that was actually Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, but whatever) – for a song.
According to nrl.com, the Warriors are now expected to retain Luke, after the Knights withdrew their offer.
With little remaining competition for his signature, as well as a slight bump in their available funds following the loss of Lino, it all appears to have fallen into place for New Zealand to keep their star hooker for an absolute steal.
Luke has played 254 first grade games for the Warriors and Rabbitohs, and 42 Tests for New Zealand.