By Dale Budge
Former Cowboys back-rower Michael Luck looks to have sewn up a spot on the Warriors bench as the team prepares for their first match of the NRL season proper in 10 days.
Luck impressed the coaching staff in his first up effort for the club against Canberra in their trial at Albany three weeks ago and continued that form into the last two trials against North Queensland and the Bulldogs.
The tall and rangy 23-year-old bit the bullet at the end of last year - his fifth with the Cowboys - and decided to head across the Tasman to further his football career.
"I could have stayed in North Queensland and been third or fourth string and just battled away and I was pretty comfortable because I had my family up there and that," Luck told tvnz.co.nz.
"If things weren't going well on the field I had my family to fall back on but I just thought I could come over here and get out of my comfort zone and that and really have a go."
Known for his work ethic and defensive capabilities, Luck is well suited to a spot on the Warriors bench as they get ready for their first match against the Storm on March 12.
Coach Ivan Cleary has made no secret that his starting forward pack will see Ruben Wiki, Lance Hohaia and Steve Price form the front row with Awen Guttenbeil, Wairangi Koopu and Louis Anderson making up the back-row.
That leaves at least three bench spots up for grabs for the remaining forwards and Luck should surely grab one of those.
A former Junior Kangaroo, Luck is enjoying his time in the Shaky Isles.
"Yea, really good. The boys have made it really easy to settle in and become part of the team.
"They city is great, the boys are great and Ivan is a top coach."
So after arriving in October, Luck thinks he has made the right move.
"I suppose I won't know whether it is 100 percent until later in the year but so far everything has been great and I am really enjoying it."
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