He never loved the club, he only came here because of Tim Sheens. The way I see it, he took a punt and won the lotto. He used us to win a comp and we used him to win a comp. It was never a long term deal, he was always going back to Queensland.
I don’t think of him as a tigers legend for that reason, he was just a smart purchase. He was probably the missing link we needed to make a play at the title. At the end of the day everything just fell into place that year, which is confirmed by the year prior and the year following the premiership which were less than impressive.
The thing I find most difficult at the moment is that the players don’t really seem to love the club. That is why I will be disappointed if we let Brooks go because the kid does love the club. Hell, even Woods came out in the press at the launch and made a joke that he is a Manly fan. I know it was tongue and cheek but if the captain doesn’t love the club enough to fight for it than what chance are we going to have with the younger kids from Queensland.
Its only my 2 cents worth, but the culture needs to be better.