Luke Brooks, release, Wests Tigers cost, contract, Knights, Dolphins, Adam Doueihi, Jackson Hastings

The Tigers could have to pay between $600,000 and $800,000 for Luke Brooks to play elsewhere if they want to offload their halfback with one year remaining on his contract.

Reports Brooks is set to be dropped for Round 16 sparked rumors the Tigers are looking to offload him with one year remaining on his contract, which is worth up to $1.3 million in the final year of his term. contract.

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Brent Read believes the Knights and Dolphins will be in the running to sign Brooks, but it will cost the Tigers dearly to see him run against them next season.

“The Tigers will have to invest a lot of money to get there,” Read told NRL 360.

“He’s onto a lot of money next year. It has been reported to be on $1.1-1.3 million.

“No one is going to pay him that with all due respect to Brooks. The Tigers will have to contribute a good part.

“But obviously Newcastle were very keen on him in the off-season. They’re trying to keep Anthony Milford for now but he’s got a handshake with the Dolphins.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Newcastle see Luke Brooks again out of season, but it depends on what the Tigers are prepared to bring for him.”


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Phil Rothfield has revealed NRL clubs would be willing to pay Brooks $500,000 a season which would see the Tigers shelling out a staggering amount to cover the remainder of his contract for 2023.

“I spoke to a few scouts today looking to get interested in Brooks and was told they (the Tigers) would have to contribute $600,000 out of $1.1 million,” Rothfield said.

“That would make him a $500,000 buy, so you think that’s a wise move for the Wests Tigers? Well, if they want to move it, it is.

“It’s not the first time this has happened. When Ivan Cleary arrived at Penrith he wasn’t happy with the team that Gus had put together.

“He offloaded Waqa Blake, Trent Merrin and Reagan Campbell-Gillard to other clubs and contributed around $800,000 significantly to their salaries.”

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However, Read believes that while paying Brooks a lot to play elsewhere seems insane on paper, it could free them up to sign a quality player to bolster their struggling squad.

“It’s only been a year and you have to look at the flip side,” Read said.

“The glass-half-full approach would be that he could free up $600,000 that they can go and buy a player with.”

Paul Kent added that the Tigers already have a point guard replacement ready, which would soften the financial blow.

“Especially because they have Adam Doueihi and Jackson Hastings ready to play in the halves,” Kent said.

However, Braith Anasta has warned that the extra $200,000 the Tigers would have owed Brooks could make it very difficult for the club to make a worthwhile exit.

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“It all sounds great, but that extra $200,000 to me is important because if the Dolphins or Newcastle say we’ll give him $500,000, they won’t give him more than $600,000,” Anasta said.

“So they give him $500,000 or $600,000 and he’s on $1.3 million and then the Tigers have to pay $700,000. $700,000 right there.

However, Rothfield believes the fact that Brooks has just a year to complete his deal will work in the club’s favor but has warned that a final decision will be down to one man.

“Yeah, but it’s a year,” Rothfield said.

“Do you know whose decision it will be? Not ours and not Tim Sheens. I think it will be the new coach, whether it’s Cameron Ciraldo or Shane Flanagan.

“Anyone who comes in will have to bring in such an important player.”

“That’s their biggest calling,” Read added.

“It’s the biggest appeal of the new coach what he’s doing with Brooks.”

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