Tigers dismiss Brooks rumours
The Wests Tigers have ruled out the possibility of Luke Brooks joining Newcastle and say the halfback will see out his contract with the club.
The Tigers are priced at 40/1 to win the 2022 NRL grand final but there had been talk of Brooks not being on board to help their push for finals.
Rumours have been rife suggesting Newcastle star Mitchell Pearce could be considering a switch to the Catalans Dragons in Super League and Brooks is the player they want to replace him.
Mitchell's future has yet to be decided but whatever happens the Tigers are adamant that Brooks will not be going anywhere.
"Luke Brooks is contracted with Wests Tigers until at least the end of 2023 and, contrary to media speculation, will not be leaving the club," Tim Sheens said in a statement on Sunday.
"Wests Tigers have been definitive on this matter and will continue to reiterate this against any untrue speculation.
"It is unfair on Luke, his teammates and family, as well as those involved with the club, to raise false conjecture on his future lying away from Wests Tigers.
"When both he and the club are united on delivering success together."
Sheens then went on to confirm that Brooks is also fully committed to the Tigers cause.
"Luke is a proud local junior and an extremely talented halfback, who has shown an unquestionable level of commitment to Wests Tigers over a number of years," Sheens added. "It is clear that he remains an integral part of the long-term plans of Wests Tigers.
"And, in speaking with him, he too is equally focused and passionate on delivering sustained success for the club."