I think the club is crazy if they let Garner go.
Sure he has had some poor defensive lapses and his lateral defense needs work but he’s shown enough in all other areas to suggest he has along NRL career ahead of him.
His front on defense is good and can put a heavy hit on with his shoulder. He runs good lines and has a knack of finding the try line. Plays big minutes too.
He just needs to work on his lateral defense which hasn’t helped being outside Marshall and inside BJ. There isn’t much cohesion between them in defense.
Luke’s defensive issues can be fixed in 1 off season. He is NRL level just needs a bit of polish. I’ve heard many ex NRL players single him out as one of our best prospects.
I think he’s still under 50 NRL games, although 25 years old.
He will only get better. We have to stop giving guys their debuts only to give them the flick a year or two later just as they are around that 50-75 games mark because they aren’t considered a complete player at 50 games. We need to be a bit more patient with these types of players.
I know we will regret it when he’s carving up at another club.
This will be Ben Teo all over again imo. We discarded him because he had some lateral defense issues and within no time he was a grandfinal winner and international. We all seen his potential but, me included, were too impatient.
If losing Garner gave us a Schuster or similar, then fair enough, but to let Garner go just to free up some salary cap space just stinks of short term opportunity without looking at the long game. The Wests Tigers are the worst in the NRL at letting good players go after we have nurtured them. Please WT, dont make the same mistake with Luke Garner.