Since making his NRL debut in 2013 Luke Brooks has remained in the spotlight for better or for worse.
After bursting into the scene as a prodigy and eventually being named the Dally M Halfback of the Year in 2018 Brooks career has taken a downturn with his side the Wests Tigers going through their worst period in club history as they have failed to make the top eight since 2011 and finished last for the first time in their history last season.
Many people have pointed the finger at Brooks for the Tigers poor form and on many occasions unfairly so.
Tigers head coach Tim Sheens has publicly backed Brooks on multiple occasions and has recently in an interview with Fox Sports.
“Some of the criticism [of Brooks] is disgraceful,” said Sheens.
“It’s paramount to bullying.
“But he’s held together, he’s staying with us, he’s looking forward to playing and I’m looking forward to coaching because I’ve never coached him.”
Sheens then responded to the criticism of Brooks further.
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“That’s their business, to be a critic,” said Sheens.
“You can win or lose, he scores a try a game and they’ll say he’s the best on the team, which is how ridiculous in real terms.
“As far as I’m concerned, I’m not putting any pressure on him.
“Just to play good football in the team, like anyone.
“Do your job we’ve asked, take your chances, maybe get a bit greedier Brooksy.
“He could run a bit more, but in saying that, he’s training well.”
Brooks is currently recovering from a calf injury but Sheens has confirmed that he will return to full training next week and will be fit for round one.
This year is possibly the biggest season of Brooks career so far and the halfback is coming off contract at the end of this season so if he wants to remain a Tiger then the team’s results must improve.
If he has a poor season though there is a chance Brooks will not be playing first grade in 2024 unfortunately due to the current stigma surrounding him.
However, with the public backing of Sheens and the Tigers Brooks is being given every chance to prove his worth.