Brooks wants to know his worth
LUKE Brooks says he will test his value on the open market before committing to the Wests Tigers long-term.
In an ideal world Brooks would finish his career a one-club player at the Tigers, but the emerging halfback told The Daily Telegraph he wants to consider all options first.
Up to 14 of the NRL’s leading halves come off contract at the end of 2017, including Anthony Milford, Johnathan Thurston, Shaun Johnson and Adam Reynolds.
The NRL also haven’t finalised the new salary cap and Collective Bargaining Agreement for 2018.
Brooks wants to stay — once he knows what he’s worth …
It’s why Brooks only triggered a one-year option at the Tigers in a bid to discover his worth compared to the NRL’s best playmakers.
“It’s a pretty big decision, so I wanted a bit more time,” Brooks said. “We had the option there for next season, so we thought we’d take it up.
“But (testing the market) is also part of it as well.
“I’m happy at the club at the moment and it would be an ideal situation for me to stay here long-term, but you never what can happen. When that comes around I’ll have to think about it.”
Before sorting out his future, Brooks’ immediate focus is helping the Tigers qualify for an unlikely finals berth.
The joint-venture club must win its remaining two matches against the Warriors and Canberra and hope other results go their way to play September football.
Brooks knows it won’t easy, but he is remaining optimistic.
Brooks struggled on his return from injury.
“There is still hope, so we’ve just got to control what we can and that’s winning these two last games,” he said.
“If the results go our way then that’s a bonus. We’ve got a big game this week against the Warriors and it’s going to be a tough one.
“Hopefully we put in a good performance, because it’s pretty much do or die footy. We’ve got to get up for it because the Warriors have got a great forward pack, so we’ve got to stop their big boys from getting some momentum.”
After missing rounds 22 and 23 with a knee injury, Brooks is also desperate to make up for lost time. He was disappointed with his return display against Penrith last Friday and is itching to restore order taking on the Warriors on Sunday.
“I wasn’t too happy with my performance on the weekend,” he conceded.
“I didn’t get as many opportunities as I would have liked, but this week hopefully I can have a good game this week and help the boys win the game.”
Tigers fans will no doubt be eager for the youngster the pledge his future.
The Tigers may be staring down the barrel of not making the finals for the fifth consecutive season, but Brooks believes the club is heading in the right direction.
“I think as a team we know where we want to go and we are getting towards that,” he said.
“Obviously if we don’t make the eight it will be disappointing because that was a goal for us at the start of the year.
“But we are moving towards where we want to get to.”