NHRU: Wanderers skippew Luke Sherwood lives by team-first mantra

INSPIRATIONAL: Wanderers captain Luke Sherwood fires a pass from the back of a ruck. Picture: Peter Stoop

INSPIRATIONAL: Wanderers captain Luke Sherwood fires a pass from the back of a ruck. Picture: Peter Stoop

FOR Luke Sherwood it has never been about him.

The inspirational halfback will lead Wanderers out for a fourth, and possibly last, grand final against Hamilton at No.2 Sportsground on Saturday.

Still a teenager, Sherwood tackled himself to a standstill in the Two Blues’ 10-3 win over The Waratahs in 2005.

Four years later he had the (C) beside his name as Wanderers beat arch rivals Merewether 21-20 in extra-tine in 2009. He was also at the helm for the 20-17 triumph over Southern Beaches in 2014 before the disappointment of a 14-7 loss to Hamilton last year.

At age 31, and with a young family and growing work commitments, the plucky No.9 is undecided on the future. Not that he wants his teammates to focus on him.

“We have encountered a few obstacles coming into the final series,” he said. “The boys have been tight over the past three years and are only getting tighter. That has helped us glue together and get us in the GF again.”

After missing the qualifying final due to suspension for yellow cards, Sherwood was outstanding in the 41-33 triumph over The Waratahs and 43-17 shut out of Southern Beaches.

“I had a slump mid-season and lost a bit of passion,” Sherwood said. “Coming into the back end, especially in that final round against Carlton, I definitely felt that buzz come back.”

So what would a premiership mean to Sherwood.

“Forget me. It would reward for everyone.”

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