Luke Brooks ' your the voice '



  • The other Big League article i was referring to from the Big League……i have to type it up.

    You’re the voice

    Why young half Luke Brooks is ready to rumble in 2016.

    By Matt Logue

    There is a reason why Wests Tigers players call Luke Brooks ’ the silent assassin '.
    Sheepish in social settings yet confident on the footy field , Brooks is a walking contradiction.
    Everyone at the club will tell you Brooks is reserved by nature, but he sent shock waves through the camp this summer when he was coming to training and saying nothing . Zilch.
    Coach Jason Taylor admits he was alarmed by Brooks ’ discreet demeanour.
    " I was worried if Brooksy was OK," Taylor says.
    " I spoke to a couple of the players like Woodsy ( Aaron ) who agreed, but then i spoke to Luke about it and he was just focused . That’s really good , because this is the NRL and even if you’re talented it doesn’t just happen for you .
    " He’s focused about what he needs to do to set himself up for a good season ."
    Since his dominated debut against the Dragons in 2013, Brooks has been faced with expectation. It’s a standard he has struggled to consistently match , playing in a Wests Tigers side that has under-achieved for seasons.
    Coming off a Round 1 suspension, Brooks knows it’s time to get serious.

    BURDEN OF PRAISE

    Who could forget when immortal Andrew Johns hailed Brooks one of the game’s most promising players in 2013?
    It was a massive rap for an emerging half who considers Johns his chidhood hero.
    " It obviously makes you feel good, but it adds pressure," Brooks says.
    " Joey is one of my idols . I loved watching him play, i try to base my game on his .
    " But I’ve tried not to look into ( the praise ) too much."
    Brooks may be content to play down the pressure, but halves partner Mitch Moses has slammed the hype that’s plagued his close mate.
    " Everyone put big pressure on Luke , which isn’t right," Moses says.
    " But i don’t think it affected him much because he doesn’t look into it. He handled it well last year, even with all the criticism.
    " He still went out on the field and did his best, week-in and week-out."
    Coach Taylor admits that he doesn’t understand the world of social media , but he can provide Brooks with insights form 21 years of NRL experience.
    " I’ve told Brooksy reading the media isn’t going to help," Taylor says.
    " You’re never going as good or as bad as they say you are. It’s not something that you want to digest too much of as a young player."

    COMING OUT OF HIS SHELL

    James Tedesco will never forget meeting Brooks on his first day at training back in late 2012.
    " You wouldn’t hear anything out of Brooksy," Tedesco recalls. It was his first year out of school and he was training two days a week in the NRL and NYC.
    " He was so quiet that you didn’t know what he was thinking or what he was going to say, but then he’d come to training and carve up and you’d think, ’ who is this kid ? "
    Standing next to Brooks during those initial months at Wests Tigers was Moses.
    The pair started out in the juniors at Holy Cross Rhinos together, before working their way through the Wests Tigers ’ ranks .
    Moses has fond memories of Brooks being reserved as a rookie, but says his quiteness now is for very different reasons.
    " Luke’s changed a lot and he’s made the halfback role his own," he says.
    " You’ll see a different Luke this season , he’ll be more relaxed. Last year we were a bit frantic at times, but that will change."
    Brooks agrees with Moses, vowing to deliver more consistency throughout the season.
    " I’ve become a more experienced player, which can only help me and the team." he says.
    " I used to be pretty quiet, but the more i hang around the boys, the more comfortable i am ."
    As Tedesco can attest, Brooks now has the self-belief to take charge.
    " Brooksy used to be so quiet on the field that we’d have to tell him to call a play," he recalls.
    " But now he’s telling everyone where to go and what to do . That’s what you need from your halfback."
    Thankfully for Wests Tigers, the silent assassin has found his voice.


    So there you have it Lads…a good read .


  • Banned

    Thanks for that.



  • @foreveratiger:

    The other Big League article i was referring to from the Big League……i have to type it up.

    You’re the voice

    Why young half Luke Brooks is ready to rumble in 2016.

    By Matt Logue

    There is a reason why Wests Tigers players call Luke Brooks ’ the silent assassin '.
    Sheepish in social settings yet confident on the footy field , Brooks is a walking contradiction.
    Everyone at the club will tell you Brooks is reserved by nature, but he sent shock waves through the camp this summer when he was coming to training and saying nothing . Zilch.
    Coach Jason Taylor admits he was alarmed by Brooks ’ discreet demeanour.
    " I was worried if Brooksy was OK," Taylor says.
    " I spoke to a couple of the players like Woodsy ( Aaron ) who agreed, but then i spoke to Luke about it and he was just focused . That’s really good , because this is the NRL and even if you’re talented it doesn’t just happen for you .
    " He’s focused about what he needs to do to set himself up for a good season ."
    Since his dominated debut against the Dragons in 2013, Brooks has been faced with expectation. It’s a standard he has struggled to consistently match , playing in a Wests Tigers side that has under-achieved for seasons.
    Coming off a Round 1 suspension, Brooks knows it’s time to get serious.

    BURDEN OF PRAISE

    Who could forget when immortal Andrew Johns hailed Brooks one of the game’s most promising players in 2013?
    It was a massive rap for an emerging half who considers Johns his chidhood hero.
    " It obviously makes you feel good, but it adds pressure," Brooks says.
    " Joey is one of my idols . I loved watching him play, i try to base my game on his .
    " But I’ve tried not to look into ( the praise ) too much."
    Brooks may be content to play down the pressure, but halves partner Mitch Moses has slammed the hype that’s plagued his close mate.
    " Everyone put big pressure on Luke , which isn’t right," Moses says.
    " But i don’t think it affected him much because he doesn’t look into it. He handled it well last year, even with all the criticism.
    " He still went out on the field and did his best, week-in and week-out."
    Coach Taylor admits that he doesn’t understand the world of social media , but he can provide Brooks with insights form 21 years of NRL experience.
    " I’ve told Brooksy reading the media isn’t going to help," Taylor says.
    " You’re never going as good or as bad as they say you are. It’s not something that you want to digest too much of as a young player."

    COMING OUT OF HIS SHELL

    James Tedesco will never forget meeting Brooks on his first day at training back in late 2012.
    " You wouldn’t hear anything out of Brooksy," Tedesco recalls. It was his first year out of school and he was training two days a week in the NRL and NYC.
    " He was so quiet that you didn’t know what he was thinking or what he was going to say, but then he’d come to training and carve up and you’d think, ’ who is this kid ? "
    Standing next to Brooks during those initial months at Wests Tigers was Moses.
    The pair started out in the juniors at Holy Cross Rhinos together, before working their way through the Wests Tigers ’ ranks .
    Moses has fond memories of Brooks being reserved as a rookie, but says his quiteness now is for very different reasons.
    " Luke’s changed a lot and he’s made the halfback role his own," he says.
    " You’ll see a different Luke this season , he’ll be more relaxed. Last year we were a bit frantic at times, but that will change."
    Brooks agrees with Moses, vowing to deliver more consistency throughout the season.
    " I’ve become a more experienced player, which can only help me and the team." he says.
    " I used to be pretty quiet, but the more i hang around the boys, the more comfortable i am ."
    As Tedesco can attest, Brooks now has the self-belief to take charge.
    " Brooksy used to be so quiet on the field that we’d have to tell him to call a play," he recalls.
    " But now he’s telling everyone where to go and what to do . That’s what you need from your halfback."
    Thankfully for Wests Tigers, the silent assassin has found his voice.


    So there you have it Lads…a good read .

    A very good read. Thanks FT…Your simply the best! 😉



  • This HAS to be Luke’s career time

    If he doesn’t deliver by June we have to let him go , especially when we have seen what Moses can do leading

    I like Brooks , but this has to be the last year we play for potential , Simona , Nofoaluma ,Sironen are all in the same boat



  • @happy tiger:

    This HAS to be Luke’s career time

    If he doesn’t deliver by June we have to let him go , especially when we have seen what Moses can do leading

    I like Brooks , but this has to be the last year we play for potential , Simona , Nofoaluma ,Sironen are all in the same boat

    Surely Nofoaluma isnt on much coin. Simona imo has delivered already.

    Your overall point is correct though



  • @Winnipeg:

    @happy tiger:

    This HAS to be Luke’s career time

    If he doesn’t deliver by June we have to let him go , especially when we have seen what Moses can do leading

    I like Brooks , but this has to be the last year we play for potential , Simona , Nofoaluma ,Sironen are all in the same boat

    Surely Nofoaluma isnt on much coin. Simona imo has delivered already.

    Your overall point is correct though

    When players reach that 50-60 games of NRL they need to have narrowed the gap between their best and worst games and stay on the field for long periods of a season

    I think Tim’s very close , but I’d like to see a couple of back to back 20-24 games seasons from him first and when he lines up against the best centres in the game he can compete if not even start to dominate


  • ForumSupporter

    Someone had to….Massive year for Brooks…I think he will deliver…standout in the trials you could see him champing at the bit…

    Thanks for typing it up FT…



  • I did say during the off season that I would like to see Luke take control of the game and dictate the playmakers role……this year it appears great things will come off the back of brilliant play from our halves…I’m overly excited…bring it on…



  • @happy tiger:

    This HAS to be Luke’s career time

    If he doesn’t deliver by June we have to let him go , especially when we have seen what Moses can do leading

    I disagree, he’s only 21 years old and shown plenty from his time in first grade. I’d be happy to give him 2-3 years and then judge properly. I think some fans get a little impatient.



  • People really do expect a lot from these two young halves.They have both shown signs at times of what they are capable of,hopefully this season they will be better than last and the improvement and consistency continues .
    Young Sirro on the other hand if he doesn’t have a breakout season this year than i doubt he ever will…



  • My favourite line in the article is
    “You are never going as good or as bad as they (media) say”

    it is so true, also goes for footy forums!



  • @tsjonathan:

    @happy tiger:

    This HAS to be Luke’s career time

    If he doesn’t deliver by June we have to let him go , especially when we have seen what Moses can do leading

    I disagree, he’s only 21 years old and shown plenty from his time in first grade. I’d be happy to give him 2-3 years and then judge properly. I think some fans get a little impatient.

    thats a bit much

    give him as long as it takes for another club to pick him up if he doesn’t kick on (i think he will though)

    you’re not usually aiming to cut/sign players absolutely. i.e. youre cut youre signed. you want to sign all the players you can but at appropriate salaries. so taupau wasn’t cut. he was probably offered 400-450k. about what he is worth. and manly paid big overs to lure him away and he took it.

    occasionally you’ll cut them absolutely for positional reasons. too many halves etc.



  • @tsjonathan:

    @happy tiger:

    This HAS to be Luke’s career time

    If he doesn’t deliver by June we have to let him go , especially when we have seen what Moses can do leading

    I disagree, he’s only 21 years old and shown plenty from his time in first grade. I’d be happy to give him 2-3 years and then judge properly. I think some fans get a little impatient.

    Got nothing to do with impatience

    We have a salary cap , and with Brooks and Moses we are paying marquee for potential

    We can’t fix our cap issues if we fork out for another 2-3 years of potential for Brooks

    Its as simple as that


  • Banned

    The Bulldogs Kennel have 7 pages of gossip on Brooksey going to their kennel - with all the usual contortions equalling that of our forum. (you guys probably found it 6 months ago)

    http://www.thekennel.net.au/forum/index.php?threads/luke-brooks-next-season.100850/page-3


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