Brooks keen to link with Reynolds..


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    Brooks clears air with Cleary over potential Nathan reunion
    Author Alicia Newton Timestamp Tue 12 Dec 2017, 03:00 PM

    Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks insists he feels no added pressure after Ivan Cleary admitted the likelihood of him coaching son Nathan one day was inevitable.

    The sudden depth in the halves at the club is set to keep the pressure on Brooks to deliver next season, but the 22-year-old said he wasn’t worried about Cleary’s recent comments.

    Brooks is set to come off contract at the same time as Nathan in 2019 after agreeing to a new two-year deal in April.

    “I didn’t read much into it,” Brooks told NRL.com.

    "Ivan spoke to me about it and said he’s got faith in me and wants me to be the halfback.

    “He said not to worry about what was said so that was good of him to do that.”

    Brooks has welcomed the chance to line up alongside an experienced playmaker again after Tigers legend Benji Marshall and former Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs five-eighth Josh Reynolds opted to link with the joint-venture club in 2018.

    Brooks was 18 when he made his NRL debut alongside Marshall five years ago – the only game the pair played together before the fan favourite left for a stint in rugby union.

    “He was my idol growing up,” Brooks said of Marshall.

    "I was training with him as a teenager and watched on from the sidelines as he helped the club win the grand final in 2005.

    “It’s great he’s back and I can’t wait to play alongside him again and the reaction he’ll bring to the fans.”


    Marshall spoke openly of his disappointment of being unable to play more games alongside Brooks at the time of his departure but can now provide experience the highly-rated halfback needs to advance his career.

    Wests Tigers have not made the finals since 2011 and Brooks admitted he was still searching for a level of consistency to his game.

    He was hampered by a hamstring injury throughout last season but finished the year well as the side notched three wins in their last five games.

    “I’ve got a lot to work on,” Brooks said.

    "Controlling the game is the most important thing and getting those last-play options right. If you’re getting those things right everything else tends to happen a lot better.

    “We didn’t do that well last season. If you’re not thinking about setting up tries it tends to just happen. That’s definitely something that Ivan wants me to get better at.”

    Cleary has bought 10 players after the exits of local juniors Mitchell Moses, Aaron Woods and James Tedesco, and no recruit has brought more energy than Reynolds.

    The former NSW representative joins Marshall, Chris McQueen, Ben Matulino and Russell Packer as key men set to take the club into a new era in 2018.

    “They’ve brought a lot of experience to a club that we didn’t have with a young squad this year,” Brooks said.

    "Josh has been leading the way in fitness and on the field he plays what he sees. I didn’t have a whole lot to do with him before he came, I met him a few times but we’re getting along good. He’s a great bloke off the field and is one of those players you don’t like playing but you want on your team.

    “Ben Matulino and Russell Packer are Kiwi internationals who have played in big games. I’ll be able to control the team and we’ll play off the back of them.”


    https://www.nrl.com/news/2017/12/12/Brooks-clears-air-with-Cleary-over-potential-Nathan-reunion/



  • Brooks knows he’s on borrowed time.



  • Brooks is not the sharpest tool in the shed!



  • he’s only 22 thought he was older



  • i seem to be on my own with tigers fans but i thought brooks ended the season pretty well. ivan had him playing as a genuine first reciever as opposed to parked on the left and i thought that suited him. i also think reynolds will be great for him



  • Has obviously been told what he should be working on



  • Give the kid a break! He can’t say anything without people on this forum jumping down his neck.
    Of course he is under pressure - every half in the comp is. And he may be no Einstein. So who cares?
    I bet he’s earning a hell of a lot more than anyone on this forum did at 22 years of age! So good luck to him.
    I wish him all the best and I do think he’ll be an OK half back. He may never reach the heights of Cleary and others, but if he does a job for us over the next 2 years, well and good.



  • @:

    Give the kid a break! He can’t say anything without people on this forum jumping down his neck.
    Of course he is under pressure - every half in the comp is. And he may be no Einstein. So who cares?
    I bet he’s earning a hell of a lot more than anyone on this forum did at 22 years of age! So good luck to him.
    I wish him all the best and I do think he’ll be an OK half back. He may never reach the heights of Cleary and others, but if he does a job for us over the next 2 years, well and good.

    Id take that bet



  • I think it’s safe to say we’d all like to see Brooks take his game to the next level and start to dominate on a frequent basis. We’ll need him to if we’re any chance of making the finals next year.



  • I hope he improves, he certainly started to show signs and played some good footy later part of the season.

    I forget sometimes that he is only very young and hasn’t really had any luck when it comes to coaches.



  • Hopefully his hamstrings stay healthy throughout the season and I’m sure with that, he’ll be playing consistent footy… Well I’m hoping that’s the case!



  • Poor guy is on a hiding to nothing whenever he opens his mouth. Unfortunately for him, being our halfback, he’s a focal point of the team, so he’ll be quoted a lot over the next year or two.



  • He is 22 with a lot of assets in his game and he seems like a decent kid. I hope he comes good.

    I don’t think he has been much worse than Moses and Moses is being talked up as a SOO half.



  • As long as we all agree that Brooks is at the last chance saloon all is good

    Last year we can talk potential , he has to find his consistent best more often than not or he has to hit the road

    Just feels like we have all said this exact same thing last season



  • @:

    He is 22 with a lot of assets in his game and he seems like a decent kid. I hope he comes good.

    I don’t think he has been much worse than Moses and Moses is being talked up as a SOO half.

    I hate Moses as much as anyone but he was good for Parra late in the season and was also really good for Lebanon. It’s going to be painful to watch but I think Moses will have a strong '18.


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