Keary managed to secure his first premiership title after a mere 22 NRL games, thanks to a career-altering stint with the Rabbitohs in mid-2014, which paved the way for him to form a thriving partnership with Adam Reynolds in the halves. Yet, he was soon made aware of the dramatic fluctuations that can characterise a first-grade career.
In 2016, Keary was planning an exit from the Rabbitohs and the game until a surprise call from the Roosters provided an ideal opportunity. It was a short-term agreement, allowing Keary to concentrate on his game rather than huge expectations. He was intended to be a temporary solution, yet ended up becoming a critical player for the Roosters during their successful 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Speaking on the Fox League Podcast, Keary expressed that the prospect of playing his 200th game this Saturday feels a bit “unreal”.
He reflected on his illustrious career in the build-up to his 200th game, admitting that it’s been a journey worth appreciating.
Along with three Grand Final victories, Keary’s trophy cabinet also boasts a Clive Churchill Medal. However, before he became a star playmaker, he was just a young man juggling his job at Kennards Hire with the chance given to him by the Rabbitohs as a favour to a manager.
Luke Keary‘s path to the Rabbitohs began with hustling for the Burleigh Bears before trying his hand at rugby union. However, despite being a seasoned rugby schoolboy, his switch to the Rabbitohs was due to a dearth of clear pathways into Rugby league.
Keary’s route to full time training with the Rabbitohs was a speedy one, jumping from a trial-and-train opportunity in under 20s in 2012 to full-time in fewer than six months.
Keary’s NRL debut came in the Rabbitohs’ Round 12 clash against the Knights. However, his breakout year came in 2014, when he formed a premiership-winning partnership with Adam Reynolds, albeit due to a pivotal injury to John Sutton.
Joining the Roosters appeared to be yet another short-term arrangement for Keary. However, it turned out to be the best decision he’s ever made, resulting in lifelong friendships, two more premierships, a family, and a life in the Eastern Suburbs.
Keary reflected on 2018 and 2019 as “special” years with the Roosters, which included winning back-to-back premierships under the influence and guidance of Cooper Cronk, who he called “one of a kind” and “one of the best players to ever play the game.”
Staring towards the future, Keary admits that he’s at a time in his life where he doesn’t need to make early decisions regarding his next steps. He is due to come off contract at the end of 2024 and predicts he is set for more playing years.