2018 Player Review - Luke Lewis

Sharks legend Luke Lewis brought his 324-game career to an end in 2018, announcing his retirement from the game back in July.

Even though Lewy had to overcome a couple of niggling injuries in 2018, with foot, calf and hamstring complaints restricting him, it came as quiet a shock, as many expected the veteran to kick on for a 19th season in 2019 considering his consistent form when on the field.

Having played in just about every position throughout his career, the versatile back-rower became a mainstay in the Sharks number 11 jersey throughout his time in the Shire, and the 2018 season was no different.

When fit and firing Lewis would have to have been one of the first picked in Flanagan's 17 each week. His hard-line running and damaging tackles once again on show throughout the year.

One of the hardest workers both on and off the field, Luke's presence and talk is sure to be missed around the traps. Always one to rock up to training with a smile on his face, to lend a hand or give his thoughts to the younger guys coming through.

Having signed with the Sharks in 2013, 'Groova' would go on to play 116 games in the black, white and blue, scoring 33 tries, winning the Premiership in 2016 and claiming the Clive Churchill Medal along the way.

He captained the Sharks in his final appearance, pushing so hard to prolong his NRL career even by just a few minutes, that he almost tore his calf muscles in the process. Such is the grit and determination of the Sharks legend to do whatever it takes to help his team across the line.

It was a decorated career, one that included two premierships for Penrith and Cronulla, 17 State of Origin appearances and 16 test for Australia.

With regular appearances on Fox League, and plenty of football knowledge to pass on, one thing is certain.

This isn't the last we've seen of Luke Lewis.

 

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It was quite the send off for our retiring legend in his final match at Shark Park, where thousands turned out to say their farewells. A moment anyone who was there is sure to remember for a lifetime.

 

2019 - What's ahead

Just where Luke Lewis will end up in 2019 is anyone's guess. He's sure to continue appearing on your TV in some shape or form, and we hope to see him in and around the boys down at Shark Park as well.

Thanks for the memories Lewy!