“He told me a lot of the players pull each other’s hair but I told him they won’t pull this out. He’ll see results in about three to four months.”

Luke continued: “Sean reassured me that I was the right age and maturity to undergo the procedure and I decided to go for it.

“Hopefully this will set an example to others that there are natural treatments ­available if they want to make positive changes to their lives.”

It caps off an eventful year for Luke after he helped Castleford win the League Leaders’ Shield and played in the Super League Grand Final, which the team lost to Leeds Rhinos.

The hard man had kicked the winning goal in the semi-final – 16 days after having his appendix out.