ONE down, two to go.
Wests Tigers have announced that Luke Brooks has extended his contract at the club for the next two years, keeping the young halfback at Concord until the end of the 2019 season.
The signature represents a coup for the Tigers, who are still reeling from Mitchell Moses defecting to Parrammatta — possibly as soon as this season — and are battling to keep the other two members of the “Big Four”: captain Aaron Woods and star fullback James Tedesco.
Since making his NRL debut for the club in 2013, the former Dally M Rookie of the Year has played a total of 70 first-grade games in Wests Tigers colours, making his representative debut for the NRL All Stars in 2015.
A local junior of Wests Tigers, Brooks said he was delighted to remain with the club he grew up supporting and has played his entire career with.
“I’m definitely excited to be a part of the future at Wests Tigers,” Brooks said in a statement. “With the new coach Ivan Cleary coming in, there’s a lot of energy around the club and it’s exciting to be a part of that.
“I’ve always been at the club and I love this club, so I think that made it a lot easier for me to stay here. I’ve played for a few years now and I really want to step up and take control of this team.
“I’m looking forward to growing further as a player and a person off the field, and doing that here at Wests Tigers,” he said.
Wests Tigers coach Ivan Cleary welcomed the commitment of Brooks for the next two seasons.
“We’re really excited to have Luke commit his future to Wests Tigers,” he said. “He has the opportunity to play a leading role in building this club towards its true potential.”
Tigers CEO Pascoe is impressed with the way Brooks is developing.
“Luke continues to impress me with how he is growing both as a player and an individual,” said Pascoe. “Personally I’m looking forward to continuing to work with him over the coming seasons and helping him to achieve his goals.
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“Luke’s an impressive young man and we’re thrilled that he has chosen to extend his stay with the club for a further two seasons.”
The deal will also prevent Brooks, who is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, being shipped out to make way for star Melbourne playmaker Cooper Cronk, who will leave the Storm at season’s end.
The Tigers have been one of the Sydney clubs rated a chance to lure the Queensland halfback.
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Originally published as Brooks extends Tigers deal for two more years
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