Brooks & Moses on the way out..?



  • @Tigermama:

    @Cultured Bogan:

    @Tigermama:

    $600 😲 Wow… The amount of money these kids get paid for a season, will take us working folks years to earn,
    It’s all about the money nowdays, isn’t it. Loyalty is a thing of the past.
    I don’t begrudge them. I just hope they earn it.

    Difference is mama is those boys can’t play Rugby League until their 65. They’re underpaid compared to other sports around the world considering that League IMO is the most physically taxing game.

    They’re professionals and entitled to chase whatever money they can if they so desire to make their families lives as comfortable as possible after footy. We would all do the same thing, I know I have done so more than once.

    Absolutely CB. Like i said, I don’t begrudge them their pay packet. I hope that,if they stay at WT, they earn their keep. They need to improve… A lot.

    I don’t disagree with that either.



  • The way I see it is the message to young players theses days is that if you perform outstandingly as juniors as Brooks and Moses have both done then you will be on the radar for all NRL clubs.Their will be a window of time where clubs will be prepared to take the risk and pay overs in hope that the potential will produce the goods especially for halves. Brooks and Moses are at that point now and they would be foolish not to consider options to further their career - and playing in a club with a stronger roster may be more beneficial to their long term career than sticking with a struggling club now - regardless of what we pay them. If stronger clubs match our offer their loyalty and their desire to play together will be really tested. Hard to determine which way they will go,



  • Again i look back to when they were just kids coming through. Their agent met with a dozen clubs who was gauging what was out there. After their contracts were signed Brooks came out and said he simply told his manager he only wants to play for the Tigers and for him to get him the best deal he can with us.

    I’m fairly sure something similar is going on now. Simply an agent looking to gauge market value in order to get the best deal possible for their future with us. The money we’re offering is very good. They play with the mates for the club they grew up adoring. They are given increasing amounts of responsibility and have been backed 100% by management to lead us into the future.

    The fact Gus Gould came out and publicly said we are not and will not be looking to sign Brooks or Moses just illustrates how much crap is written by under pressure journos, who are often fed crap from agents looking to work a certain PR angle…



  • don’t know if it’s a slow news day at Fox sports… but it looks like they are re-hashing old stories and getting two different JT’s to comment on the story.

    JOHNATHAN Thurston admits he feels sorry for promising Wests Tigers half Luke Brooks.

    The greatest playmaker in the game believes not having a more experienced seven to learn under can impact a young player’s development but was full of praise for the cub when asked to name the young halve who he believes has a bright future in the game.

    When Thurston first burst onto the scene for the Bulldogs back in 2002 he was contending with Braith Anasta and Brent Sherwin for a place in the halves.

    Not only did that provide Thurston with stiff competition for his preferred position but it meant he had two experienced players to learn the subtleties of the game from.

    It’s a luxury Brooks has not been afforded with the 21-year-old who debuted in 2013, the senior half in a young Tigers team with his co-pilot Mitchell Moses, 21, debuting the year after.

    While Thurston ultimately left the Bulldogs in order to cement a starting spot in first grade, his three years in the top grade serving his apprenticeship under Sherwin and Anasta provided lessons which were invaluable.

    Brent Sherwin played a key role in Johnathan Thurston’s early development.Brent Sherwin played a key role in Johnathan Thurston’s early development.Source: News Limited
    “Young Luke Brooks for the Tigers is still learning the game but an amazing talent and no doubt he’ll be a representative star of the future,” Thurston told foxsports.com.au.

    “It’s tough when you’re at that age and you get thrown into it without having the leaders around you that play in that position and I think those boys (Brooks and Moses) are doing a great job without having that leadership around them.”

    TEDESCO: Cub trio unlikely to stay together

    In the past five years the Tigers have lost halves Robert Lui, Jacob Miller, Benji Marshall, Braith Anasta and Blake Austin.

    While the bulk of those departures were out of the joint venture’s hands, the emergence of Brooks and Moses played a role in Austin’s move to Canberra.

    The club backed the inexperienced duo to rise to the challenge, having dominated at the lower levels as they ascended to the NRL.

    After starring in his NRL debut against the Dragons three years ago, Brooks drew comparisons from fans and experts alike to that of eighth Immortal Andrew Johns.

    Branded ‘the next Joey’ by the media, Thurston believes that kind of pressure is something no kid needs, regardless of how good he is.

    “It’s unfair pressure,” Thurston said of the lofty expectations placed on the youngster.

    “It comes from what development officers and coaches say about them.

    “What the media hypes up — I was lucky coming through, Braith was playing for Australia at the time and Brent Sherwin was at the height of his game.

    Luke Brooks has been thrust straight into the spotlight.Luke Brooks has been thrust straight into the spotlight.Source: News Corp Australia
    “I was lucky to have those boys to learn off and that put me in good stead for my career.”

    Having little choice but to embrace the pressure, Brooks believes 2016 will not only be a turning point for him and his halves partner but the team as a whole.

    “At the start (of my career) I didn’t feel any pressure,” Brooks told foxsports.com.au.

    “Once you start to lose a few games, you start to feel it a bit.

    “I’ve played with Mitch, all my junior footy. We know each other’s game and we’re comfortable with each other.

    “There’s a lot of players in the team I’ve played a lot of footy with and Mitch’s played a lot of footy, which makes it a lot easier.

    “We’re starting to learn and deal with the pressure and hopefully we can gel together this year.”



  • As I mentioned before we need some forwards to protect these two young halves- otherwise their undoubted talent will go to waste. I hope Jason Taylor is listening.



  • Our backrowers did not provide enough support in defence, especially Lawrence and Sironen.
    Hopefully both will improve this year, if they cannot their replacement will need to be find between Sue, Edwards, Aloiai, Chee-Kam, Cassal and McConnahie.
    IMHO, Parahi and Griffin will fight for #13 position.



  • Can’t blame them, if i were in their position i would opt for a stronger side as well.



  • I would hate to lose these guys.
    Sad thing is that I wouldn’t be surprised…

    Hopefully it’s just a bit of bargaining banter!



  • @Milky:

    Can’t blame them, if i were in their position i would opt for a stronger side as well.

    Who says they’re in a position to go to a stronger side? Maybe the reason our side is weak is cos our halves are weak. If I was being brutally honest I couldn’t think of another side in the comp who’d take our halves over the ones they’ve currently got.



  • @GNR4LIFE:

    @Milky:

    Can’t blame them, if i were in their position i would opt for a stronger side as well.

    Who says they’re in a position to go to a stronger side? Maybe the reason our side is weak is cos our halves are weak. If I was being brutally honest I couldn’t think of another side in the comp who’d take our halves over the ones they’ve currently got.

    Fair enough, i read that Brooks was linked to storm, as they say don’t believe everything you read though.



  • You got to take note when a guy of Thurston’s stature talks.

    Brooks and Moses are probably going to be very very good players.

    If we can surround them with a couple of quality forwards and leaders in the club it will make their job a lot easier.

    It was an direct shot at our club saying we lack leaders. Truth hurts.



  • Brooks had exactly the same mentor as Thurston for his first year - anasta. We’ve also got a half as coach.

    I agree slightly that we should have a halves coach like johnsy or kimmorly to support them more directly. But I think Thurston is over doing it.



  • @hammertime:

    Brooks had exactly the same mentor as Thurston for his first year - anasta. We’ve also got a half as coach.

    I agree slightly that we should have a halves coach like johnsy or kimmorly to support them more directly. But I think Thurston is over doing it.

    People put way too much stock into those guys being coaches. You can’t teach what they had. And they don’t always make great coaches anyway.



  • I’d say Brooks also has a strong preference to play with Mitch. Cancelling out any ability to have an experienced hand beside him.

    I can’t see the lads leaving. They’re in a good position. Teddy will already be on board, then sign Brooks as he loves the tigers. Hopefully Mitch will then want to stick with his mates.

    They could be the leagues new big 3, like the storm, if they stick together.



  • The talent is there. I know they ran riot against kids their own age and it’s different to playing against seasoned men but something says to me that they’re just too good to end up on the scrap heap.


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