Issac Luke targeting 300 NRL games, unsure if he'll reach it with the Warriors

Issac Luke has set his sights on 300 NRL matches but whether he achieves it with the Warriors remains a guessing game.

Veteran hooker Luke will play his 250th game against Newcastle in Auckland on Friday, hoping to maintain the form that has helped propel the Warriors towards the finals.

Despite playing close to the best football of his career in the third and final season of his Warriors contract, Luke's retention is far from assured.

The 31-year-old has insisted for several weeks he wants to stay in Auckland, brushing aside links with Super League or a return to Australia, where he played nine seasons at South Sydney.

He admitted progress in contract talks has been sluggish.

"I think I've expressed enough that I want to stay but that's up to the club and my manager and I'll let them figure that out," he said.

"I'm just happy to be able to play football. I'm pretty happy with how I'm going."

Father-of-five Luke says he is settled in Auckland and despite ongoing shoulder and calf muscle issues, he has set his sights on at least two more seasons in the NRL.

"I had a talk about it at my 200th - I wanted to hit 250. I'm here, now I want to get to 300."

Stephen Kearney would only say that salary cap sensitive negotiations with Luke were the "same" as when he was quizzed by media last month.

Kearney expressed admiration for the nuggety Kiwis international, who has only missed two games this season - a 32-0 thrashing from the Sydney Roosters and the recent 36-12 humbling by the Gold Coast Titans.

The Titans result was followed by last week's 18-12 upset of St George Illawarra in Wollongong, when Luke was as influential as ever.

"I was supposed to fly over on a Thursday (before the Dragons game), giving my injury as much time as possible. Plus we had a new baby," Luke said.

"But I was like 'no, get me over there now because I have to sort some of my boys out'."

Issac Luke breaks away.
Vodafone Warriors v  Brisbane Broncos. NRL Rugby League. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 27 May 2017 © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz
Warriors hooker Issac Luke makes a breaks against the Brisbane Broncos during an NRL match. Source: Photosport