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Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks is in control and ready to rock

Post by wmlmaster » Sat 20 Jan, 2018 5:21 pm

Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks is in control and ready to rock
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS, The Sunday Telegraph
January 20, 2018 2:28pm
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FOR so long, Luke Brooks worked in the shadows, wrestling for control as he struggled to find his voice.

The Tigers were once Brett Hodgson and Scott Prince’s team before becoming the Benji Marshall-Robbie Farah show.

For the past couple of seasons it has been about James Tedesco, Mitchell Moses and Aaron Woods.

But now the path is clear for Brooks. “It’s definitely my team,” he says with confidence — not arrogance — after a gruelling fitness session at Concord this week.
Luke Brooks is definitely the man in charge at West Tigers. Picture: David Swift.

Brooks has gone solo after the breakup of the Fab Four. And he believes having his closest friends leave the club will bring out the best in him.

It has already helped him find his voice, knowing he has no toes to step on and no safety net of best friends to rely on. For Brooks, the mass turnover on the Wests Tigers roster has given the place a new vibe.

“It’s been different coming in first day of pre-season,” Brooks said. “It felt like I joined a new club. It’s been good. A bit of a change will be good for us.

“The coaches want me to take control of the team. (Coach Ivan Cleary) saying that to me gives me confidence that it’s now my team. Hopefully that helps all the other players.
Luke Brooks feels free to be the dominant playmaker. Picture: David Swift.

“It’s been easier for me to talk (to the new players coming in). With friends they know what you’re like but with new players you’re going to have to talk. That’s made it easier for me.”

Moses and Brooks were junior stars. They were players the Tigers had hoped to build around for a decade. But Brooks is relishing life post-Moses as he looks to form a new combination with Josh Reynolds.

“We did click but we are both dominant players,” Brooks said of his partnership with Moses. “You’ve seen with Mitch when he went to Parra, he is playing halfback and is the dominant half. That’s probably the reason it didn’t click as much. In juniors when we were playing, it was a bit different coming into grade.
There has been halves upheaval across the NRL.

“When Josh first signed we spoke to each about him being a natural five-eighth and I’m a natural halfback so that works well.

“I can be at first receiver and he can be at second. That will be a benefit for us.”

Cleary wants Brooks to be at first receiver as much as possible, allowing the 23-year-old to float on either side of the field. Now 83 games into his career, Brooks is yet to play finals football.

“It’s time for me to take it to that next level,” he said. “I need to play consistent footy.
Brooks is happy to be working with, not against, Josh Reynolds. Picture: AAP

“Playing good week in, week out is something I’ve struggled with. Hopefully, having these experienced players can help me with that.

“I need to work on game management. In the past I’ve worried about setting up tries and putting on good plays when I probably didn’t need to.

“I needed to think about getting good completions to the sets and getting the team around the park. The rest will come out the back of that ... not looking for tries all the time.’’

The returning Marshall has also played a significant hand in Brooks’ development.

“It’s like having another coach there,’’ Brooks said.


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Post by Tiger Steve » Sat 20 Jan, 2018 6:26 pm

I for one am looking forward to the half and five-eighth playing both left and right. Sounds like good ol’ fashion footy coming back. Also....... at risk of being bashed with forum alternate opinions ....... I Thinking Brooks will come of age this year- he will have a stellar season

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Post by Balmainbred » Sat 20 Jan, 2018 6:47 pm

I agree steve he doesn’t have the other three over shadowing him this season, It’s up to him to step up. The best thing for Luke will be a strong training staff & a dominant pack of forwards. I also think him & Reynolds will run this side. We all have to wait & hope.

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Post by king sirro » Sat 20 Jan, 2018 7:04 pm

Its how we played last year when LoLo arrived and Brooks returned from injury. I like it, but for the old fashioned 6 and 7 to work in the modern game i think you need a couple of things around it. One is a natural ball player at 1, which hopefull Lolo will provide, and two is at least one, preferably 2 backrowers that can fill in with some ball play if the halves happen to set up on the wrong side. This will allow us to play what we see. With Elijah and Eiso, we probably have the mix to go old style 6 and 7. Execution will be the key though.
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Post by Tiger Steve » Sat 20 Jan, 2018 7:28 pm

I think that’s spot on King Sirro. Taylor setting up on the other side to Brooks and Reynolds gives us options. Also think Lawrence could play that roll if in the top 17


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Post by bathursttiger » Sat 20 Jan, 2018 9:37 pm

A few seasons ago I said to a friend at work who is a Bulldogs fan, that the Bulldogs would be better off signing Brooks to partner Reynolds as that was what the Bulldogs were missing.
I hope that Luke and Grub can gel early in the season and direct the team around.

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Post by GNR4LIFE » Sun 21 Jan, 2018 9:01 am

It’s all speculation till the season starts. I’m just over hearing about our players talking about aiming to finally reach their potential. It’s almost as boring as #OnTheBus.

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Post by Tiger Steve » Sun 21 Jan, 2018 9:17 am

GNR4LIFE wrote:
Sun 21 Jan, 2018 9:01 am
It’s all speculation till the season starts. I’m just over hearing about our players talking about aiming to finally reach their potential. It’s almost as boring as #OnTheBus.
What would you prefer to hear from them at this time of year?

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Post by GNR4LIFE » Sun 21 Jan, 2018 9:20 am

Tiger Steve wrote:
Sun 21 Jan, 2018 9:17 am
GNR4LIFE wrote:
Sun 21 Jan, 2018 9:01 am
It’s all speculation till the season starts. I’m just over hearing about our players talking about aiming to finally reach their potential. It’s almost as boring as #OnTheBus.
What would you prefer to hear from them at this time of year?
Nothing tbh.

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Post by Tiger Steve » Sun 21 Jan, 2018 12:32 pm

GNR4LIFE wrote:
Sun 21 Jan, 2018 9:20 am
Tiger Steve wrote:
Sun 21 Jan, 2018 9:17 am
GNR4LIFE wrote:
Sun 21 Jan, 2018 9:01 am
It’s all speculation till the season starts. I’m just over hearing about our players talking about aiming to finally reach their potential. It’s almost as boring as #OnTheBus.
What would you prefer to hear from them at this time of year?
Nothing tbh.
Fair enough - just don’t read the twitter/websites etc

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Post by happy tiger » Sun 21 Jan, 2018 12:50 pm

king sirro wrote:
Sat 20 Jan, 2018 7:04 pm
Its how we played last year when LoLo arrived and Brooks returned from injury. I like it, but for the old fashioned 6 and 7 to work in the modern game i think you need a couple of things around it. One is a natural ball player at 1, which hopefull Lolo will provide, and two is at least one, preferably 2 backrowers that can fill in with some ball play if the halves happen to set up on the wrong side. This will allow us to play what we see. With Elijah and Eiso, we probably have the mix to go old style 6 and 7. Execution will be the key though.
Having a dummy half that can run and create carnage at appropriate times is crucial , when Liddle gets some confidence that will also help our halves and outside backs

I think that what some forget about Liddle , that was one of his strengths in NYC

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Post by TigerSkins » Mon 22 Jan, 2018 2:36 pm

happy tiger wrote:
Sun 21 Jan, 2018 12:50 pm
king sirro wrote:
Sat 20 Jan, 2018 7:04 pm
Its how we played last year when LoLo arrived and Brooks returned from injury. I like it, but for the old fashioned 6 and 7 to work in the modern game i think you need a couple of things around it. One is a natural ball player at 1, which hopefull Lolo will provide, and two is at least one, preferably 2 backrowers that can fill in with some ball play if the halves happen to set up on the wrong side. This will allow us to play what we see. With Elijah and Eiso, we probably have the mix to go old style 6 and 7. Execution will be the key though.
Having a dummy half that can run and create carnage at appropriate times is crucial , when Liddle gets some confidence that will also help our halves and outside backs

I think that what some forget about Liddle , that was one of his strengths in NYC
That is the main question here .. who play dummy half (McIlwrick or Liddle) when McIlwrick ran the ball on the RARE occassion last season he looked the goods .. if he starts the season he has to chance his jhand at darting out of dummy half at least once every set of 6 .. to have the markers thinking is he going to run or pass.

If Liddle starts, he needs to have the confidence to take a run without getting hurt again, which will be playing in his head. Hopefully he has put a few kilo's in the shoulders in the off season.

We're lucky to have a running, ball playing 13-Taylor, 7-Brooks and 6-Reynolds in our side .. just need to have our number 9 taking shots at the line now and then.

Hopefully we'll have larger body in McQueen this season hitting out wide, aiming up on the defensive centres, ... aka how Thurston and Cooper do for the Cowboys. Last season we had Lawrence trying this but he just didn't have the body size to crash over the defence line.

I too have the belief that Brooks will stand up this season, we have a completely different set of forwards (in both size and mentality) who should provide Brooks with plenty of forward momentum .. unlike last season.

Bring the footy season on .. now !!

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Post by Munk » Sun 28 Jan, 2018 11:27 am

GNR4LIFE wrote:
Sun 21 Jan, 2018 9:20 am
Tiger Steve wrote:
Sun 21 Jan, 2018 9:17 am
GNR4LIFE wrote:
Sun 21 Jan, 2018 9:01 am
It’s all speculation till the season starts. I’m just over hearing about our players talking about aiming to finally reach their potential. It’s almost as boring as #OnTheBus.
What would you prefer to hear from them at this time of year?
Nothing tbh.
I agree. There is a lot to be said about flying under the radar and assuming underdog status. When you continually keep telling everyone how good you are going to be, it just puts a target on your back followed by intense media scrutiny and fan mockery when performance measures indicate pre season targets are not met. Media bans Ivan. We have work to do.

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Post by sheer64 » Tue 30 Jan, 2018 2:14 pm

Walk the walk Luke before you talk the talk!
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Post by Swordy » Tue 30 Jan, 2018 3:54 pm

To be fair, 95% of the hype with Brooks was started by the media and also his manager in a bid to drive up his price.

Give him a go, he stayed knowing he will no longer have excuses and it is now make or break.

Im orepared to give him a go and if he walks the walk, good for him and us. If he doesnt, his price and reputation plummets.
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Post by Russell » Tue 30 Jan, 2018 7:02 pm

Swordy wrote:
Tue 30 Jan, 2018 3:54 pm
To be fair, 95% of the hype with Brooks was started by the media and also his manager in a bid to drive up his price.

Give him a go, he stayed knowing he will no longer have excuses and it is now make or break.

Im orepared to give him a go and if he walks the walk, good for him and us. If he doesnt, his price and reputation plummets.
Agree Swordy - well said.

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Post by TIGER » Tue 30 Jan, 2018 7:45 pm

Most would probably be happy knowing that Brooks now knows it's his team, but this is the thing that worries me even more than past seasons.

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Post by Fibros » Wed 31 Jan, 2018 4:02 pm

Brooks 100/1 on sports bet for Dally M.

Anyone seen better odds elsewhere before I get on?

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