Luck returns to Cowboys
Former North Queensland Toyota Cowboy Michael Luck will return to the NRL club in an off-field role at the end of the 2012 Telstra Premiership season.by NRL
Former North Queensland Toyota Cowboy Michael Luck will return to the NRL club in an off-field role at the end of the 2012 Telstra Premiership season.
The 30-year-old, who played 76 games for North Queensland between 2001 and 2005 before switching to the NZ Warriors, will take over as football operations manager from Peter Jones, who has decided to leave the Cowboys to work with one of the club's corporate partners, the Achieve Group.
Luck announced his retirement from the NRL earlier this season and will finish his career in a fortnight having played close to 230 matches.
The 2011 grand finalist had always planned to return to North Queensland and said the opportunity presented by the Cowboys was one he was very happy to take up.
"Even though I left the Cowboys seven years ago, they've always been a club close to my heart," Luck said.
"North Queensland was where I made my NRL debut and I had five very enjoyable seasons there.
"My parents are in Townsville and are proud members of the Cowboys.
"It's great to be coming back home and even better that I get the opportunity to again be part of the North Queensland club."
Cowboys General Manager - Football Peter Parr said Luck had all the credentials to be a success in his new role.
"As well as the experience he has gained from playing more than 200 NRL matches and being with two clubs, Michael has worked hard on making sure he is well placed for a career after playing footy," Parr said.
"We're delighted that he's coming back to North Queensland and that he'll take over from another well-respected former player at our club, Peter Jones, who has made a massive contribution to the Cowboys both on and off the field."
Luck, who is an NRL Education Ambassador and former Player of the Year and Clubman of the Year at the Warriors, was recently named in the 2012 NRL/RLPA Academic Team of the Year.
He has been studying for his Masters of Business at the Auckland University of Technology.
The back-rower will join Paul Bowman, Glen Murphy and Clint Amos as former Cowboys now in off-field roles with the club.
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