MAITLAND and former Knights junior Luke Dorn has joined an elite club of Australian sportsmen to rack up a century on English soil.
The 30-year-old former Manly, Northern Eagles and Sydney Roosters playmaker has not swapped his footy boots for a cricket bat, but he created history last weekend when he became the first player in London Broncos history to score 100 Super League tries. Dorn reached triple figures by scoring four tries in London’s stunning 62-18 rout of second-placed Warrington, who play Leeds in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.
It was his second four-try haul in the space of six days – he did likewise in a 42-20 win at Castleford the previous round – taking his season tally to 14 and career total to 102.
‘‘It was pretty amazing to score four in consecutive games but it really was on the back of some great play from the team, which is something we have lacked this season,’’ Dorn told the Newcastle Herald.
‘‘But to bring up my 100th try for London and be the first player to do so was a very proud moment and something I will treasure.
‘‘The game was broadcast back to Australia too, which was nice, because my family and friends don’t get to see many games of mine, so it felt extra special.’’
Dorn, who played 38 NRL games between 2002 and 2004, has continued his journeyman career in England with two stints at London, and a year each at Salford and Castleford.
He was promoted from the reserves when former North Sydney hooker and London Broncos stalwart Tony Rea replaced Rob Powell as London’s coach last month.
The Broncos have won three straight games and climbed to 12th since Rea was recalled as caretaker.
‘‘We have experienced a tough season and mine and the team’s performances were not up to scratch, and unfortunately I was dropped to reserves,’’ Dorn said.
‘‘I always felt I could turn my form around, and since our previous coach was sacked and Tony came in, he has given me lots of confidence and it has shown with myself and the entire team’s performances.
‘‘Tony was the original coach who signed me to London when I left the Roosters.’’
A Morpeth Bulls junior, Dorn is contracted to the Broncos until the end of next year. He and his wife, Lauren, and their three-month-old daughter Roxy enjoy living in Kingston on the city’s south-western outskirts, but he is looking forward to eventually returning home to Maitland.
Dorn has spent the past three years working as an assistant coach to London’s under-18 squad, and he hopes to one day make a career out of coaching.
‘‘Lauren and I have just had our first baby, a little girl Roxy, which has been amazing,’’ he said.
‘‘We have been in the UK since 2005 and love living in this great city. It has become our home ... I have one more season to run on my current contract but would love to stay here for a bit longer.’’