You know Brooks really had an awful season this year, especially for a 20 year old.
And Austin had an amazing, blinder of a season!
Some Season stats:
Brooks 10 tries, 16 try assists (=5th in NRL), 13 line break assists
Austin 14 tries, 8 try assists. (Can’t find his line break assists stats, but its less than 12)
Austin is the only ‘playmaker’ in the top 20 for tries. As has been said, Austin isn’t that much of a team player, nor does he make the team around him better. An excellent runner, no question, but that’s not the primary job of a half. And we have Teddy as our game-breaking runner - one of the best in the business.
Sure stats don’t paint the entire picture, and yes there’s still a lot of areas that Brooks and Austin (and of course Moses) can improve on, but Austin does have a few years head start already.
For a player who so many have bagged this season, and who has a lot of room for improvement with a number of rather average performances, Brooks is still right up there with the very best in attacking statistics this season!