The Daily Telegraph’s Buzz Rothfield believes the decision to drop Luke Brooks from the Tigers first grade side was well “overdue”, praising interim head coach Brett Kimmorley.
On Monday, Fox League’s James Hooper reported that the 27-year-old playmaker would face the ax for the first time in his 185-game career at Concord following two heavy losses to the Sea Eagles and Bulldogs.
Kimmorley is set to make the big call after sit downs with Tigers powerbrokers in a move which will see Brooks return to the NSW Cup with Western Suburbs.
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“Conversations have been taking place around the Tigers today that perhaps it might be best for Luke and best for the side if he goes back and has a week in the NSW Cup with Western Suburbs,” Hooper said on NRL360.
“If you watched the game yesterday he was off, like his first kick resulted in a seven tackle set, there was a kick that went out on the full, there was a couple of defensive misreads that let directly to tries.
“Off the back of the summer, there was all the talk that he wanted out, he has denied that but the reality is he did ask for the release to go to Newcastle.
“Is he unsettled, is he unhappy, well he doesn’t look to be enjoying his footy at the moment.”
Early in the season, recruit Jackson Hastings made the switch to halfback in a move which was said to allow Brooks to utilise his best asset — his running game.
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After two strong performances against the Eels and Rabbitohs, the merger club have sunk further and NRL360 host explained they are back to square one.
Meanwhile, Rothfield explained Kimmorley’s “bottle” could be a good thing for the Tigers.
“All the talk initially when Jackson Hastings moved to halfback was that might free him up, remove the shackles a little bit,” Hooper said.
“So we are back again to square one,” Anasta said.
“I want to give the Tigers a wrap and I said on this show last week that to move Luciano Leilua on as swiftly as they did a good move, had Tyrone Peachey today also see you later…go play somewhere else,” Rothfield said .
“The tough decision on Luke Brooks has been overdue for some time, we so regularly discuss his struggles on this show.
“No-one likes to see a footballer of his ability doing it tough for such a long period of time, but I am so glad that Brett Kimmorley has got the bottle to do it and he has obviously sat down with Tim Sheens to get it rubber stamped.
“But these selections are overdue, you need 17 Wests Tigers on the footy field, they were thumped by Manly, thumped by the Bulldogs, they have to make changes.
Returning star Adam Doueihi is being tipped to take the five-eighth jersey and the move could be a “shake-up” for the struggling Tigers.
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“In the short term it is simply a matter of trying to win games, Adam Douehi is back, he got 20 minutes yesterday and he wants the No.6, so they will experiment with that and see how it goes, but I think it is form related, as simply as that,” Hooper said.
“Coaches are always tough on halfbacks, I support Kimmorley’s decision he has got to come in and shake it up because it has been going on too long,” Kent said.