NRL360 co-host Paul Kent has revealed he “admires” Luke Brooks for coming out swinging following leaks within the Wests Tigers administration.
News broke the 27-year-old was set to be axed for the club’s Round 16 clash against the Warriors before the club backflipped and picked Brooks in the No.6 jersey.
On Wednesday, Brooks said it was “disappointing” stories were being leaked to the media.
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“I did see it. It was pretty disappointing that it came out in the media and in the end obviously it wasn’t true,” Brooks said.
“I think it came from a place where it probably shouldn’t have and that is what is frustrating sometimes about this club, a fair few stories get leaked out and I think it comes from people a lot higher than us.
Now, Kent has explained that the former Dally M Halfback of the Year was being treated poorly by the club’s administration.
“Good on him for saying it, I really admire the fact he came out today and addressed it,” Kent said on NRL360.
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“The fact is he was dropped, he knows that, everybody in the club knew that, it was only after it leaked that the club in its wisdom panicked and reversed the decision.
“Luke Brooks is at a club where it leaks often and there is always these little huddles in the corner after someone leaks, who is doing this, who is the one that leaked this one.
“There is constant little inquiries about why these things are getting out, the club leaks like no other in the NRL.
“He hasn’t got a friend there at the club in the administration level, they pretend he is but the way they treat him isn’t like they do.”
But, The Daily Telegraph’s Buzz Rothfield believes the scrutiny he receives comes down to his salary.
Brooks is reportedly being paid upwards of a million-dollars for the final year of his contract which ends in 2023.
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“He is a very highly paid player on big dollars who hasn’t aimed up,” Rothfield said.
“He is still entitled to respect,” Kent said.
“He doesn’t trust anyone who is walking the hallways there at the Tigers, if the players don’t trust who is in charge it just shows you the disconnect there at the club,” Fox League’s Yvonne Sampson said.
“For a player now to shine a light in these murky areas and say hang on we know this is coming out of this club and it upsets us.”
“I would rather Luke Brooks put his energy into playing good footy,” Rothfield said.
“Come on, he has been copping it for four years,” Kent said.
“It is about time someone called b**lshit on what is going on there.”