Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Since making his NRL debut in 2013 Luke Brooks has played in nearly 200 games for the Wests Tigers.
Unfortunately for Brooks the past few years in particular have been tough with the halfback often copping the blame for his side’s misfortunes in recent times.
Rumours have constantly circulated that he is set to be dropped or even released by the Tigers but to this point, nothing has eventuated.
Last Sunday the Tigers travelled to Auckland to take on the New Zealand Warriors in front of a sell-out crowd on a historic occasion that saw the NRL return to New Zealand for the first time in nearly three years.
In the lead-up to the game reports emerged that Brooks was set to be dropped by the Tigers for the first time in his career since becoming the club’s first-choice half.
This turned out to be a leak from an unknown source at the Tigers and Brooks ended up starting at five-eighth.
On Wednesday Brooks fronted the media and commented on the leak.
“I did see it,” said Brooks.
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“It was pretty disappointing that it came out in the media and in the end obviously it wasn’t true.
“I think it came from a place where it probably shouldn’t have and that is what is frustrating sometimes about this club, a fair few stories get leaked out and I think it comes from people a lot higher than us.”
The Daily Telegraph’s Paul Kent praised Brooks for addressing the issue on NRL 360.
“Good on him for saying it, I really admire the fact he came out today and addressed it,” said Kent.
“The fact is he was dropped, he knows that, everybody in the club knew that, it was only after it leaked that the club in its wisdom panicked and reversed the decision.”
Brooks has once again been named to start at five-eighth this Saturday night as the Tigers host the Parramatta Eels who they got their first win of the season against back in round six.