SAM Luckley is full of Shear desire towards achieving his ambition – scoring at St James’ Park and celebrating like Alan Shearer.
A new accent will be heard on Super League pitches after the forward signed for Salford and there is no doubting his Geordie roots.
He is a dyed in the wool Newcastle United fan and even has a boxed set of legendary TV programme Auf Wiedersehen, Pet!
Now after stepping up from Newcastle Thunder, the 25-year-old hopes to live the dream by scoring during Magic Weekend at his beloved St James’ Park on September 4 or 5.
Scotland international Luckley, who despite the accent developed in North Shields was born north of the border in Rosyth, said: “In Newcastle, your dream is to play at St James’. All I want to do is score a try and give my Shearer celebration – I could die a happy man.
“It was always Shearer for me, it’s got to be.
“I can dream of more Geordie accents in Super League. That’s what I want, I’d love it. I’m on my own at the minute and if things come off the back of that, great.
“If Newcastle Thunder can get to Super League, that would be outstanding as it could create a rugby league hub and hopefully young Geordie lads can show what they can do.
“From what I’ve seen in youth training and games, there are some great players already and Newcastle is a bit of an untapped resource.
“When football’s the number one, then it’s rugby union, then you’ve got the Eagles in basketball, it’s hard to push yourself to be top.
“There’s been growth but if Thunder lead by example by getting into Super League, it’ll start turning a few heads.”
Luckley is stepping up to Super League after impressing in League One with Thunder after coming through in the unlikely setting of the north-east.
If it is not football, it is rugby union. So playing rugby league was definitely out of the norm, while he hopes not to relive too many lessons from doing MMA as a youngster.
He added: “I only really first heard of rugby league when I was 15 or 16.
“If you don’t play football, you feel a bit like the odd one out but union is quite popular. Getting into rugby league was a bit of a quirk really.
“It wasn’t well known back then and I did some MMA for about a year, I was good at getting beaten up.
“If I took anything from MMA into rugby, it was getting beaten up on the field as well!”
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