Father-son Cleary reunion will have to wait with Brooks firing for Tigers

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Father-son Cleary reunion will have to wait with Brooks firing for Tigers

Post by willow » Wed 18 Apr, 2018 7:34 am

Father-son Cleary reunion will have to wait with Brooks firing for Tigers
By Christian Nicolussi17 April 2018 — 8:00pm
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The father-son Cleary reunion might have to wait a little longer given the rise and rise of Luke Brooks in the Wests Tigers No. 7 jersey. Brooks was entitled to think the worst when Penrith's star halfback Nathan Cleary and his father, Tigers coach Ivan Cleary, spoke about their hopes of one day being at the same NRL club. Penrith are desperate for Nathan to stay put beyond 2019, and the longer he delays any decision only adds to the Tigers speculation. Nobody, however, anticipated Brooks to burst out of the blocks like he has, even to the point his teammates chanted ''NSW, NSW'' as he walked off Brookvale Oval last Sunday after another dynamite effort.

The 23-year-old playmaker, who is three years older than Nathan, told Fairfax Media on Tuesday Ivan had made a point on two separate occasions to assure him he had his backing. "It's always going to be talked about because it's his son, and it's something I can't control,'' Brooks said. "Obviously Nathan wants to play under him, and he wants to coach Nathan, and if that happens one day it will happen. "It came up last year, then it came up again before the start of pre-season. Ivan actually brought me in and told me not to worry about that stuff, and said he's got all the confidence in me. That only helped me. "It was good of him to let me know what his plans were.''

The Tigers' faithful could only dream of the possible halves pairing of Brooks, a left-footer, and right-footed Cleary from 2020. Ivan's faith in Brooks allowed him to embrace his running game and find the sort of form that has now seen him talked up as a NSW bolter. Brooks is a big reason the Tigers have amazingly won five of their first six games, and will look to stretch that record against Mitchell Pearce and Newcastle on Saturday. "When Ivan first came here he always told me to back myself,'' Brooks said. "As a team, we have a structure to fall back on, but he says if we see something, take it. That sort of play suits my style and the team's style of play. That's why we're playing well.

"Running was definitely a strength when I was younger. "But when I first came into first grade, I went away from that. I'm not too sure why. As a half, you're worried about putting other people through holes and setting up tries. "When you run, other stuff opens up anyway.'' Benji Marshall has been Brooks' halves partner early in the season, and will remain so after Josh Reynolds was ruled out for a month with a shoulder injury on Tuesday. Marshall, who Brooks has praised for lightening the mood around the Tigers, said he faced problems similar to those the young No. 7 now confronts, with putting the team before his natural game a learning experience. "People forget he's 23, and the pressure of thinking you have to run the team, and worry about organising teams, I've been through it, and you forget about your strengths,'' Marshall said.
"To see him go back to his running, that's his strength, and he's now doing all the other things without realising it.
"People don't realise how quick and strong he is. I'm his weights partner. I've lifted his game. But he does train hard.
"We're happy to see Brooksy playing so well. It's infectious. When he carries the ball, it rubs off on the team.
"The fact people are talking about him for Origin is great for his confidence and reward for how well he has been playing.''

Marshall was one of the Tigers who started the "NSW, NSW'' chant after the blowout win over Manly. He was yelling it on Tuesday while a huge press pack interviewed Brooks. Brooks later said it was a ''stitch up'', but was flattered by the talk of a representative call-up. The Tigers head to Tamworth for their home game against the Knights where a crowd of at least 10,000 is expected. Chris Lawrence has been named but is carrying a hamstring injury which forced him from the field late in the 38-12 victory.


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Post by Byron Bay Fan » Wed 18 Apr, 2018 8:00 am

from the article: Nobody, however, anticipated Brooks to burst out of the blocks like he has, even to the point his teammates chanted ''NSW, NSW'' as he walked off Brookvale Oval last Sunday after another dynamite effort.
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Yeah great, if he gets injured then if our team half falls apart like in Farah's day he gets the blame for being selfish and putting the himself first.
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Post by Seantice » Wed 18 Apr, 2018 8:11 am

Brooks and Clearly would work fine. Brooks is playing like a 5/8 anyway.

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Post by happy tiger » Wed 18 Apr, 2018 9:00 am

Yeah I'd be more worried if I was Josh Reynolds than Luke Brooks

Brooks and Cleary can play either side of the ruck

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Post by Seantice » Wed 18 Apr, 2018 9:10 am

happy tiger wrote:
Wed 18 Apr, 2018 9:00 am
Yeah I'd be more worried if I was Josh Reynolds than Luke Brooks

Brooks and Cleary can play either side of the ruck
Yes. never saw the interest in Reynolds. Though I must admit from a social off the field player he is doing great for the Tigers. Hes the kinda player to bring teams closer together. Still Brooks and Cleary would be unreal.


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Post by The Queen » Wed 18 Apr, 2018 9:12 am

Brooks played some 5/8 when he was younger there was an article about it before I think Brooks and Cleary will work and in saying that I think it will work better then Cleary and Maloney ...Maloney is the man at Penrith now and he would be great with Tyrone May

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Post by Tigerdon » Wed 18 Apr, 2018 9:26 am

The Queen wrote:
Wed 18 Apr, 2018 9:12 am
Brooks played some 5/8 when he was younger there was an article about it before I think Brooks and Cleary will work and in saying that I think it will work better then Cleary and Maloney ...Maloney is the man at Penrith now and he would be great with Tyrone May
Agree, Penrith have been going great with Maloney/May/Peachy. It seems the Penrith team is going better with Maloney at 7 rather than 6.
Brooks's left foot kicks and Cleary's right foot kicks would work for us. Plus Cleary wouldn't be the type like Moses/Norman even Maloney that scream for the ball and override Brooks.
The only think is Brooks has been going well on both sides of the field this year. If he were to partner someone like Nathan this may not happen. Then again Ivan may play Brooks wider like a traditional 6.
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Post by Chicken Faced Killa » Wed 18 Apr, 2018 9:28 am

Still most of a season to run before we can even talk to Nathan and a lot can happen between now and then. Let the boys play footy and see who falls where in a years time. Brooks and Cleary could work but it’s a long long off from being a reality.

So many positive articles coming out the fluff machine is in overdrive

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Post by colmcd » Wed 18 Apr, 2018 9:40 am

The Queen wrote:
Wed 18 Apr, 2018 9:12 am
Brooks played some 5/8 when he was younger there was an article about it before I think Brooks and Cleary will work and in saying that I think it will work better then Cleary and Maloney ...Maloney is the man at Penrith now and he would be great with Tyrone May
Bingo. Brooks + Cleary would be awesome as Brooks has a 5/8 running game. Sheesh he can probably outrun our wingers and is perfect for holes.

Don't dis Reynolds, he is a toiler and a great buy. Yes Pearce or Cronk would have been better but Reynolds plays with everything he has. I know were moving Reynolds to Hooker but I would prefer him in the Centers where fewer passing options would suit him.

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Post by WT2K » Wed 18 Apr, 2018 10:19 am

Brooks and Cleary combo, cheers.
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Post by teddy23 » Wed 18 Apr, 2018 10:20 am

Reynolds will be the 14 and cover for any injuries in the halves and hooker role....

Brooks at 6
Cleary at 7

Cleary as I’ve said previous will basically be doing what Benji is doing but to a higher standard

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Post by Geo. » Wed 18 Apr, 2018 10:47 am

happy tiger wrote:
Wed 18 Apr, 2018 9:00 am
Yeah I'd be more worried if I was Josh Reynolds than Luke Brooks

Brooks and Cleary can play either side of the ruck

I much prefer when halves play both sides of the field an combine for TRIES...see Manly game..the try Brooks laid on for Marshall was sublime deception with Brooks tearin from behind the play the ball to the open side with Thompson out the back with as a second man option....

Surely that could work with Cleary as well or is he a half stuck on one side of the field.....?

Their kicking games would certainly compliment each other....

Any Club would sign Nathan....
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Post by happy tiger » Wed 18 Apr, 2018 11:10 am

Geo. wrote:
Wed 18 Apr, 2018 10:47 am
happy tiger wrote:
Wed 18 Apr, 2018 9:00 am
Yeah I'd be more worried if I was Josh Reynolds than Luke Brooks

Brooks and Cleary can play either side of the ruck

I much prefer when halves play both sides of the field an combine for TRIES...see Manly game..the try Brooks laid on for Marshall was sublime deception with Brooks tearin from behind the play the ball to the open side with Thompson out the back with as a second man option....

Surely that could work with Cleary as well or is he a half stuck on one side of the field.....?

Their kicking games would certainly compliment each other....

Any Club would sign Nathan....
My point was that even if they weren't playing same side they would provide headaches for any side and teams couldn't load up or expect our attack to be based on one side

Go visit Tiananmen Square and get some pics :lol:

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Post by 851 » Wed 18 Apr, 2018 11:11 am

happy tiger wrote:
Wed 18 Apr, 2018 9:00 am
Yeah I'd be more worried if I was Josh Reynolds than Luke Brooks

Brooks and Cleary can play either side of the ruck
On form you would have to agree, at least we are having good problems now, not like the last few years.
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Post by Geo. » Wed 18 Apr, 2018 11:39 am

happy tiger wrote:
Wed 18 Apr, 2018 11:10 am
Geo. wrote:
Wed 18 Apr, 2018 10:47 am
happy tiger wrote:
Wed 18 Apr, 2018 9:00 am
Yeah I'd be more worried if I was Josh Reynolds than Luke Brooks

Brooks and Cleary can play either side of the ruck

I much prefer when halves play both sides of the field an combine for TRIES...see Manly game..the try Brooks laid on for Marshall was sublime deception with Brooks tearin from behind the play the ball to the open side with Thompson out the back with as a second man option....

Surely that could work with Cleary as well or is he a half stuck on one side of the field.....?

Their kicking games would certainly compliment each other....

Any Club would sign Nathan....
My point was that even if they weren't playing same side they would provide headaches for any side and teams couldn't load up or expect our attack to be based on one side

Go visit Tiananmen Square and get some pics :lol:
Still didn't answer Brooks can play both sides in attack...Can Nathan or is he stuck on the right...?


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Post by happy tiger » Wed 18 Apr, 2018 11:46 am

Geo. wrote:
Wed 18 Apr, 2018 11:39 am
happy tiger wrote:
Wed 18 Apr, 2018 11:10 am
Geo. wrote:
Wed 18 Apr, 2018 10:47 am
happy tiger wrote:
Wed 18 Apr, 2018 9:00 am
Yeah I'd be more worried if I was Josh Reynolds than Luke Brooks

Brooks and Cleary can play either side of the ruck

I much prefer when halves play both sides of the field an combine for TRIES...see Manly game..the try Brooks laid on for Marshall was sublime deception with Brooks tearin from behind the play the ball to the open side with Thompson out the back with as a second man option....

Surely that could work with Cleary as well or is he a half stuck on one side of the field.....?

Their kicking games would certainly compliment each other....

Any Club would sign Nathan....
My point was that even if they weren't playing same side they would provide headaches for any side and teams couldn't load up or expect our attack to be based on one side

Go visit Tiananmen Square and get some pics :lol:
Still didn't answer Brooks can play both sides in attack...Can Nathan or is he stuck on the right...?


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Post by hammertime » Wed 18 Apr, 2018 1:34 pm

I agree with some of the posters, brooks and cleary would be an amazing duo. Brooks runs like a 6, so why not shift him.

Lets be honest, the only reason you would think otherwise is for the simple fact that JR is on a long term deal. But he would make a fantastic 14 and the injury concerns have me worried about us carrying him as our only 6.

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Post by Onthebus » Thu 19 Apr, 2018 4:05 am

Cleary and Brooks combo thanks .......sounds like a KFC snack

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