Why pressure won't get to Luke Brooks in 2018

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Why pressure won't get to Luke Brooks in 2018

Post by willow » Tue 09 Jan, 2018 7:57 pm

Courtesy of the official Wests Tigers website:

Why pressure won't get to Luke Brooks in 2018
Author Dan Talintyre
Tue 9 Jan 2018, 11:20 AM

Not even Luke Brooks can quite believe how fast five years has passed.

Back in 2013, on the hallowed turf of the Sydney Cricket Ground, the 18-year-old playmaker crossed the white stripe for the first time as an NRL player, and left behind him one of the most memorable debuts ever seen in a Wests Tigers jersey.

It had rugby league fans of all kinds waiting for what was to come from the halfback, and five years later, there’s certainly mixed opinions on what the 23-year-old has achieved.

On one hand, there’s a 2014 Dally M Rookie of the Year Award, 53 try assists and more tries from a Wests Tigers halfback than any before him in history. There’s match-winning field goals, superb intercepts and moments of brilliance attacking the try-line that show there's definitely a talented player there.

But for many, the success Brooks has achieved hasn’t lived up to the hype; Wests Tigers have not played finals footy since 2011 and for some, that falls on Brooks’ shoulders.

Like it or not, that expectation an pressure is something that the halfback has played with for his entire career so far, and likely will for the remainder of it.

And yet, while many would struggle to handle the pressure, it’s something that Brooks has learned to adjust to, with several new faces — including Ivan Cleary — key in helping that happen.

“I think it’s been great having a lot of fresh faces come in here,” Brooks said.

“It’s a bit different for me seeing a lot of new players, but I think it’s helped me. It’s made me want to train harder and try to match the energy that they’re bringing in training.

“For me, the new guys have helped a bit with that pressure.

“Having all these new players eases what I have to do and the focus on me. I haven’t really been talked about in the media for 12 months now and that’s the way I like it.

“I can just focus on my game and doing my thing for the team, which is exciting.

“The biggest change I’ve seen in myself over the years is my view on what a good game is.

"Once Ivan came in, he changed my view a bit — he wants me more to be worried about the way I’m directing the team and controlling the game plan that he’s set out.

“In the past, I’d be more worried about how many tries or try assists I’d get because I feel that’s what I get judged on. I guess Ivan has just really helped with that confidence to know that I’ve had a good game based on what he wants me to do for the team.”

For the first time in his career, Brooks will play alongside a fullback and five-eighth that carries more experience than he — Josh Reynolds’ high-profile move from the Bulldogs will see him join Brooks in the halves while Tui Lolohea looks set to win the number one jersey following James Tedesco's departure.

On the surface, the trio paint a great contrast to each other in the way that they play, but for the Holy Cross product, there’s a real positive to be had in that going forward.

“I think Tui [Lolohea] had a great World Cup for Tonga; he looks like he’ll be playing fullback for us so it’ll be good for me and him to work on our combo,” he said. “Josh [Reynolds] as well, he brings a lot of energy and is passionate about what he does, so it’ll be great to work with him.

“I think that’s what we need — I think we’ll work well together where I can run the team and set the game plan and he can play what he sees and play a bit off the cuff with Tui out the back.

"I think we’ll have a nice mix there and a bit different to years gone by.”

Five years on from his memorable debut, Brooks will likely reach 100 NRL games in 2018 — becoming the first player in Wests Tigers history to feature in a century of games for the club in the number seven jersey. Naturally, Brooks has seen a fair bit in that time — including plenty of hype for the season ahead — but says there’s a genuine excitement about what’s to come in the year ahead.

“We’re going to be a different side to years gone by, and I think that’s exciting,” he said.

“I think the fans are going to see a team that plays exciting footy.

"We’ve got the players in our side that suit throwing the ball around, and I think it would stupid of us not to play the way that suits us. I think towards the end of last year we started playing like that a bit — throwing the ball and moving teams around — and that worked well.”


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Post by Geo. » Tue 09 Jan, 2018 8:21 pm

Sorry Luke unless you get 10 try assists 12 line break assists and 4 tries make 35 tackles missing none a game you will be judged...

Don't listen to Ivan what would he know...
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3. Be the player your teammates want to play with..

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Post by happy tiger » Tue 09 Jan, 2018 8:30 pm

Geo. wrote:
Tue 09 Jan, 2018 8:21 pm
Sorry Luke unless you get 10 try assists 12 line break assists and 4 tries make 35 tackles missing none a game you will be judged...

Don't listen to Ivan what would he know...
No Geo

He needs to be judged if he thinks that try assists is the most important thing

Getting wins should of been his focus and you'd have to question who the bloody hell was advising him otherwise

No more excuses , fire or there is the door , exit right

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Post by innsaneink » Tue 09 Jan, 2018 9:58 pm

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I haven’t really been talked about in the media for 12 months now and that’s the way I like it.
Maybe I'm wrong but I'd have thought most halfbacks would feel the opposite...wingers might say things like this..not 7s

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Post by yeti » Wed 10 Jan, 2018 6:15 am

innsaneink wrote:
Tue 09 Jan, 2018 9:58 pm
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I haven’t really been talked about in the media for 12 months now and that’s the way I like it.
Maybe I'm wrong but I'd have thought most halfbacks would feel the opposite...wingers might say things like this..not 7s
yep - not being talked about is simply a function of lowered expectations from fans and media. And that's a function of past performance.
Hopefully this year he features front and centre in everyone's comments - for the right reasons.


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Post by Fraze23 » Wed 10 Jan, 2018 8:51 am

I'm expecting a big year from Brooks. Our forward pack has been easily dominated for the last few seasons. Any halfback would have struggled behind our pack.
But this year we have a decent pack on paper, an experienced 5/8 outside him and a ready made replacement in Marshall waiting in the wings. It really will be a defining season in Brooks' career. It's time for the real Luke Brooks to stand up.

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Post by TCL » Wed 10 Jan, 2018 9:20 am

Me too, I'm hoping he has a great year, if not it's time to look for an alternative.

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Post by Kul » Wed 10 Jan, 2018 9:20 am

Five years on from his memorable debut, Brooks will likely reach 100 NRL games in 2018 — becoming the first player in Wests Tigers history to feature in a century of games for the club in the number seven jersey.
This says a lot about our club.
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Post by supercoach » Wed 10 Jan, 2018 12:24 pm

let the fluff for 2018 begin... Soon as the last test is over the NRL fluff hits the media, happens every year. Same story, different names

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Post by barra » Wed 10 Jan, 2018 1:15 pm

happy tiger wrote:
Tue 09 Jan, 2018 8:30 pm
Geo. wrote:
Tue 09 Jan, 2018 8:21 pm
Sorry Luke unless you get 10 try assists 12 line break assists and 4 tries make 35 tackles missing none a game you will be judged...

Don't listen to Ivan what would he know...
No Geo

He needs to be judged if he thinks that try assists is the most important thing

Getting wins should of been his focus and you'd have to question who the bloody hell was advising him otherwise

No more excuses , fire or there is the door , exit right
It's the modern era, Happ. You only worry about executions, not the scoreboard... do it right and the rest will take care of itself!!!!

Luke obviously has talent... but geez, he just doesn't seem to have the attitude of a top NRL halfback, I hope I'm wrong.

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Post by happy tiger » Wed 10 Jan, 2018 11:58 pm

barra wrote:
Wed 10 Jan, 2018 1:15 pm
happy tiger wrote:
Tue 09 Jan, 2018 8:30 pm
Geo. wrote:
Tue 09 Jan, 2018 8:21 pm
Sorry Luke unless you get 10 try assists 12 line break assists and 4 tries make 35 tackles missing none a game you will be judged...

Don't listen to Ivan what would he know...
No Geo

He needs to be judged if he thinks that try assists is the most important thing

Getting wins should of been his focus and you'd have to question who the bloody hell was advising him otherwise

No more excuses , fire or there is the door , exit right
It's the modern era, Happ. You only worry about executions, not the scoreboard... do it right and the rest will take care of itself!!!!

Luke obviously has talent... but geez, he just doesn't seem to have the attitude of a top NRL halfback, I hope I'm wrong.
But he has been doing right according to some was ranked 6th in try assists , means nothing ...... Wins are it

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Post by kevinmcguiness » Thu 11 Jan, 2018 10:02 am

brooks personality seems really shy and passive.

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Post by Spud Murphy » Tue 16 Jan, 2018 1:42 pm

For a halfback it’s really all about being able to control a game, which Brooks has rarely done in five seasons. Let’s hope he can actually do this consistently this season.

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Post by Munk » Wed 17 Jan, 2018 11:01 pm

If anyone seriously believes this kid has not taken everything from the club and given back next to zero, then they have not been paying attention. It could be argued the only reason he is still here is because no one else wanted him.
He better get with the programme fast as the pressure is certainly upon him.

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Post by tigerap » Wed 17 Jan, 2018 11:28 pm

Munk wrote:
Wed 17 Jan, 2018 11:01 pm
If anyone seriously believes this kid has not taken everything from the club and given back next to zero, then they have not been paying attention. It could be argued the only reason he is still here is because no one else wanted him.
He better get with the programme fast as the pressure is certainly upon him.
Ouch.....

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Post by upthetigers » Thu 18 Jan, 2018 6:52 am

Munk wrote:
Wed 17 Jan, 2018 11:01 pm
If anyone seriously believes this kid has not taken everything from the club and given back next to zero, then they have not been paying attention. It could be argued the only reason he is still here is because no one else wanted him.
He better get with the programme fast as the pressure is certainly upon him.
That's a bit harsh. Brooks has been consistent. Consistent in giving hospital passes and putting up midfield bombs :roll And to think he will reach the 100 game milestone at our club.

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Post by Russell » Thu 18 Jan, 2018 8:24 am

Munk wrote:
Wed 17 Jan, 2018 11:01 pm
If anyone seriously believes this kid has not taken everything from the club and given back next to zero, then they have not been paying attention. It could be argued the only reason he is still here is because no one else wanted him.
He better get with the programme fast as the pressure is certainly upon him.
Ah! Hello - I think he knows this. As do we all.

Talk about State the bleedin' obvious.

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Post by Tigerdon » Thu 18 Jan, 2018 8:46 am

A halves combination of Brooks and Reynolds is greater than a halves combo of Brooks and Moses.
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