Despite playing in his first full season in the NRL, Brooks showed the potential and composure that have many excited about what the Holy Cross junior can achieve in his career. Brooks came up with several big plays throughout the season to turn the game in his side's favour, and will be keen to build on that form in 2015.

The 19-year-old was voted by his peers as the RLPA Rookie of the Year in 2014, and is one of the contenders for the Dally M Rookie of the Year as well.

 

2014 Facts & Figures

Games

Tries

Assists

Points

Metres

Tackles

21

6

14

25

1199

222

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Games in 2014 — 21

Brooks was one of just eight Wests Tigers to play more than 20 games in 2014. The playmaker did miss a few games late in the year due to a shoulder injury as well as a hamstring strain he suffered against the Bulldogs in Round 24, but returned from injury to finish the season on a winning note against the Sharks.

 

Top Try — R11 vs. Brisbane Broncos

2014 was a year that featured the FIFA World Cup, and clearly Brooks had been watching given the skills he displayed against the Brisbane Broncos in Round 11.

After his kick took a deflection, Brooks soccered the ball three times before grounding it narrowly inside the dead-ball line to level the match at 6-6 and send the 16,000-strong crowd at Campbelltown Sports Stadium into raptures.

 

2014 Magic Moment — R13 vs. Newcastle Knights

Down by two points with 15 minutes remaining in a match that Newcastle had all the momentum in, Brooks produced a stunning 40/20 on last tackle to put his side back on the front foot. The quick tap resulted in a sin-bin on Kurt Gidley and a subsequent penalty goal to Pat Richards to level the match, before two tries against the 12-man Knights put the result beyond doubt for Wests Tigers, who battled on gamely despite several key injuries.