He feels he can be the main man’: Wests Tigers to see the best of Luke Brooks, says Benji Marshall



  • 'He feels he can be the main man’: Wests Tigers to see the best of Luke Brooks, says Benji Marshall

    BENJI Marshall saw a huge change in his halves partner Luke Brooks this season. And the Tigers legend knows exactly how his No.7 managed to turn the corner.

    AAPOctober 23, 2018 1:05pm

    LUKE Brooks is ready to stamp his authority as the Wests Tigers’ No.7 for the rest of his NRL career, according to veteran Benji Marshall.

    Brooks is off-contract at the end of next season, but his future at the Tigers looks safer than ever after Nathan Cleary re-signed long-term with Penrith last month.

    There had been some suggestions the Tigers could pursue Cleary in a bid to create a father-son combination with coach Ivan - a pairing that now looks likely to happen at Penrith.

    Marshall was of the belief there was room for both Brooks and Cleary at the Tigers, but regardless said he’d seen enough of Brooks in 2018 to know he was ready to take the reins for good.

    “What I’ve seen on Luke’s transformation this year is a belief I haven’t seen previously in Luke, where he actually believes in himself,” Marshall told AAP.

    “He feels like he can take the game on and be the main man in the team and not be scared or shy of that.

    “His growth gives me a lot of hope he is going to be the Tigers’ long-term No.7 for the rest of his career.”

    Brooks had undoubtedly his best season for the Tigers in 2018, claiming their player-of-the-year award as well as the Dally M halfback of the year.

    With a senior five-eighth in Marshall back by his side and more experience around the club, the one-time teenage prodigy’s game reached its potential as he returned to his running best.

    At age 23, he had more runs, linebreaks and tackle busts than in any other season of his six-year career as the Tigers shot out of the blocks before eventually finishing ninth.

    “The pressure he has been under for the past few years, to be the next Andrew Johns was unwarranted pressure. The big four and all that rubbish,” Marshall said.

    “I was just so proud to see him turn it around. And you know how he did it? Playing the way he played when he was a kid.

    “When I first saw him play he used to run the ball, take the line on and be so strong and deceivingly fast.

    “And not worry about controlling the team. As a halfback sometimes you can get too caught up in trying to control the team.”



  • A lot of talk from Benji last few days. Maybe he is going to be our new coach lol



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    A lot of talk from Benji last few days. Maybe he is going to be our new coach lol

    Expect more of the same in the off-season.



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    A lot of talk from Benji last few days. Maybe he is going to be our new coach lol

    Expect more of the same in the off-season.

    Yeah I think you maybe right willow, ahh the off season, time for potential signings of every off contract player and dreams of top 4 next year.



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    A lot of talk from Benji last few days. Maybe he is going to be our new coach lol

    Expect more of the same in the off-season.

    Certainly seems to be heading that way. Veteran player/spokesman. Nickname; Fluffy.



  • Pre-Christmas fluff 😒



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    A lot of talk from Benji last few days. Maybe he is going to be our new coach lol

    I reckon this is a planned tactic from WT media boffins.
    The club is in crisis (from the Board down re the unresolved coaching situation) so how can things be deflected?
    Enter the Benj.
    He is revered by most as a WT champion, so what harm is it if he speaks; at least, the club in the meantime gains time to deal otherwise with the really serious matters that are burning in the other room, so to speak……



  • I am happy for him to play this role in the off season as long as he’s not playing much of a role in 1st grade in the footy season.



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    A lot of talk from Benji last few days. Maybe he is going to be our new coach lol

    I reckon this is a planned tactic from WT media boffins.
    The club is in crisis (from the Board down re the unresolved coaching situation) so how can things be deflected?
    Enter the Benj.
    He is revered by most as a WT champion, so what harm is it if he speaks; at least, the club in the meantime gains time to deal otherwise with the really serious matters that are burning in the other room, so to speak……

    I have to say I agree with you, as much as I love Benji I’d rather here something from Pasco or Cleary but I suppose they have nothing to tell us fans but at least we have Benji to keep us up entertained.



  • I’d say it’s a role that’s been given to benji as well. He and Lawrence are probably the most respected players we have.



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    I’d say it’s a role that’s been given to benji as well. He and Lawrence are probably the most respected players we have.

    I agree with that.



  • Can we get an expanding piece of fluff emoji?



  • Embrace the fluff - every club does it.



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    I am happy for him to play this role in the off season as long as he’s not playing much of a role in 1st grade in the footy season.

    I love Benji and I thought he was great last year in patches. I also really hope that he doesn’t see that much first grade especially when he is carrying an injury.



  • Geez Benj how many more articles espousing your opinion on literally everything do we have to endure? They’re coming out daily! Time to put a sock in it for a while…


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