Luke Brooks named Wests Tigers player of the year

Winner winner: Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks (centre) received the prestigious Kelly-Barnes Award, flanked by its namesakes Keith Barnes (left) and Noel Kelly.
Winner winner: Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks (centre) received the prestigious Kelly-Barnes Award, flanked by its namesakes Keith Barnes (left) and Noel Kelly.

Luke Brooks has been named the Wests Tigers player of the year for the second consecutive year.

The halfback was awarded the Kelly-Barnes Award (named after former players Noel Kelly and Keith Barnes) at the club's Presentation Night on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old is the first player to win the award consecutively since Gareth Ellis in 2010/11.

Wests Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe congratulated Brooks, and the other award winners on the night.

"One behalf of everyone at Wests Tigers, I'd like to congratulate all our award winners and nominees," he said.

"Particularly, I'd like to congratulate Luke on the Kelly-Barnes Award. Luke continues to be an impressive young man both on and off the field and he is an incredibly important part of this organisation and team moving forward.

"I am delighted to see his contributions throughout the year be recognised."

Brooks was last year awarded the Dally M Halfback of the Year award and continued his impressive form at club level in 2019.

He registered career highs in try assists, offloads, tackles, kicking metres and running metres.

The Holy Cross Rhinos junior was one of just four players to feature in every game for the Wests Tigers this season. He did the same in the 2018 season.

Brooks edged out some of the club's most popular players for the award, with Ryan Matterson, Benji Marshall, David Nofoaluma and Alex Twal scoring the top five number of votes.