Former Maroons captain Cameron Smith believes Luke Brooks’ swap from halfback to five-eighth is an effective transfer — however Blues legend Andrew Johns has delivered a brutal actuality test.
The Tigers are the one aspect within the competitors but to say a victory, with a big brunt of the criticism falling on Brooks’ shoulders.
Smith believes shifting Brooks to five-eighth will decrease some stress on the 27-year-old.
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“It might just allow Luke Brooks to relax a little bit more,” Smith stated on SEN 1170 Breakfast.
“There’s been a lot of pressure on him – fairly or unfairly, whichever way you want to look at it.
“He wears the number seven on his back and the players that wear the number seven tend to take a fair bit of responsibility about the side’s performance.
“It may just free the reins a little bit and I hope it does because I like Luke Brooks and I think he’s a fantastic player.
“It just looks like he’s been down on a bit of energy and a bit of confidence.”
However Johns has dubbed the “huge” swap a “demotion” and questioned Brooks’ future on the Tigers.
“Huge. It’s a demotion,” Johns informed Nine’s Sunday Footy Show.
“They will say it’s not, but from wearing the seven to wearing the six, for me it’s a big demotion for Luke Brooks.
“I’d like to get inside Luke Brooks’ head and see how he is feeling going into this game (against the Eels).
“You could see it as getting a kick up the backside, some motivation. Or he could be thinking ‘well they don’t want me here at halfback’.
“It’s well known he went to them in the off-season trying to get out of his contract.
“I just don’t know where it goes now from here for Luke Brooks.”
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Brooks’ present performances has been a mirrored image of his insecurity. The Tigers’ half is but to cross the white line this season, together with solely notching one strive help in 5 video games to this point.
With Jackson Hastings again from suspension within the No.7 jersey, Smith had some recommendation for the out of kinds Brooks.
“Hopefully, he puts that six jersey on and let Jackson Hastings take control a bit more and pick his times when he wants the footy,” Smith stated.
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“I’d like to see him bring his running game back because he looks like he wants someone else to do it at the moment.
“He just doesn’t look like he has the confidence to take on the line.
“Bring his running game back and his kicking game back in order.”
While they’re heavy underdogs the Wests Tigers will look to interrupt their winless drought in opposition to the Parramatta Eels on Easter Monday.
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