Experienced Cowboys back rower Micheal Luck has joined the growing list of Queenslanders at the Vodafone Warriors.
The club announced the 23-year-old Gatton-born Luck will move to Auckland on a three-year deal at the end of the 2005 NRL season.
He�ll join a football department roster that already includes several fellow Queenslanders � captain Steve Price, halfback Nathan Fien, centre Tony Martin, Kiwi-qualified fullback Brent Webb and new utility Grant Rovelli as well as defence co-ordinator Kevin Campion.
The 1.88m-98kg Luck has made 76 NRL appearances, mainly from the bench, since his North Queensland debut in 2001 but has been used only nine times this year, including the Cowboys� 32-22 round three win over the Vodafone Warriors at Ericsson Stadium in March. �It�s been a tough year for me. I played the first nine games of the season in first-grade but haven�t played for the top side again since,� he said.
Luck, a second rower with a strong work-rate ethic, says he�s excited about the chance to join up with former Cowboys team-mates Fien and Campion.
�I played with Campo at the Cowboys in 2003 and 2004 as he was coming to the end of his career and I was just starting mine,� he said. �He was a big help to me and a big influence on my game.
�I also know Nathan and Grant well. Nathan and I played in reserve grade before I made my first-grade debut in 2001 while I had quite a bit to do with Grant before he moved to Sydney. �So it�s made it easier for me knowing there�ll be some familiar faces around when I come to Auckland.�
Luck said he had no qualms about the shift from Townsville to Auckland. �I caught up with Nathan when the Warriors played in Townsville a while ago and he was pleased with the move he�d made,� he said. �I�ve also been to Auckland with the Cowboys quite a few times. I know the city fairly well now and I like it.�
For anyone questioning the spelling of his first name � Micheal rather than the normal Michael � Luck says there�s a good reason. �Blame my mother for that. She�s the one who spelt it wrong when I was born.�