Wests Tigers five-eighth Luke Brooks is in the firing line and set to be dropped for the first time in his 185-NRL game career.
Interim Wests Tigers coach Brett Kimmorley is poised to make the hard line decision after the Tigers back-to-back losses since the sacking of Michael Maguire.
Local junior Brooks has never been axed since making his Wests Tigers debut in 2013.
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The Tigers five-eighth has played under six coaches in his ten-year tenure at Concord in Mick Potter, Jason Taylor, Andrew Webster, Ivan Cleary, Maguire and now Kimmorley.
Tigers interim coach Kimmorley is considering going where no other coach before has gone and dropping Brooks to NSW Cup with Western Suburbs.
After denying reports he asked for a release to join the Newcastle Knights in the off-season, Brooks has again endured a season of mixed bag results for the Tigers.
When Jackson Hastings was initially selected at halfback the view was it could set Brooks free to focus on his greatest strength — his running game.
Victories over Parramatta and South Sydney showed promising signs with Brooks kicking the winning field goal against the Rabbitohs but the Tigers have since won one game out of their last seven.
That was against Canterbury-Bankstown in Round 11 when Brooks missed the game.
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Brooks’ first kick of Sunday’s loss to Canterbury-Bankstown resulted in a seven tackle set.
The five-eighth then went on to miss four tackles and put another kick out on the full in the 62nd minute when the Tigers were down 24-6 and attacking the Bulldogs tryline.
The Wests Tigers have also been dealt another major injury blow with hardworking middle forward Alex Twal expected to be ruled out for the remainder of the season due to concussion protocols.
Twal was concussed in the opening set of Sunday’s loss to the Bulldogs, which is his second concussion for the season.
But the Tigers are advising Twal to take a cautious approach given the way he plays the game and it’s expected he will miss the remainder of the season and World Cup duties with Lebanon at the end of the year.
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