Wests Tigers move to finally put Luke Brooks rumours to bed – ‘He’s sick of it’

The Wests Tigers have ruled out any possibility of Luke Brooks leaving the club before next season as speculation continues over a move to Newcastle.

Rumor has it that the Knights see Brooks as their ideal replacement for departing halfback Mitchell Pearce, who will join Super League team Catalans in 2022.

Links gained momentum that week as Pearce endorsed Brooks as his successor in Newcastle, calling it “a great move” for both parties.

Brooks remains under contract until the end of the 2023 season, though it did nothing to erase suggestions that the Tigers would be ready to leave him, prompting the club to issue a statement strongly denying the claims.

The daily telegraph announced on Wednesday that Brooks had submitted the necessary paperwork for his return to pre-season training and would be joining his teammates at Concord this week.

Keep talking IT IS, Tigers chairman Lee Hagipantelis insisted that Brooks was “sick” of speculation that he was about to leave the club.

“I contacted Luke directly, probably a week and a half ago, when the media speculation was at its worst,” Hagipantelis said.

“I asked him how he was doing and he said he was sick of it … (he is) absolutely committed to the Wests Tigers and is looking forward to the 2022 season.”

Hagipanetlis reiterated that other clubs are prohibited from approaching Brooks while he is under contract with the club until 2023.

“Luke has a two-year contract with the Wests Tigers,” he added. “That’s why other clubs are not allowed to talk to Luke about his future as a sport.

“If this is the case, and I assume the clubs have complied with this ban, there can only be speculation linking Luke to a club other than the Wests Tigers.

“There has been a lot of speculation in the media that I acknowledge that all the reports I read in the paper are without sources, while I get a lot of my information from Tim Sheens or from Michael Maguire or Luke himself.

“I’m assuming Luke would be at Concord during our conversation, all the older boys showed up today. We are very pleased that Luke Brooks will meet the contractual obligations we have come to expect from him.”

Brooks has long been to blame for the Tigers’ battle for the final, a drought that has now lasted 10 seasons.

He shared the Club Player of the Year award with Adam Douehi that year after the Tigers finished 13th.

The Tigers have signed Halfback Jackson Hastings from Super League side Wigan for the 2022 season, and the arrival of the former Sea Eagles and Roosters playmaker at Concord is expected to put further pressure on Brooks to play next year.

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