Luke Brooks headlines a number of key players who have been named to make their return for Wests Tigers against the Brisbane Broncos on Sunday afternoon, with Coach Jason Taylor calling Brooks’ inclusion a huge boost for his side.
Brooks missed his first game of the year last Monday night against the Parramatta Eels, with a shoulder injury. The 2014 Dally M Rookie of the Year was replaced in the side by Josh Drinkwater, whom Taylor said made a strong Club debut, but the Head Coach emphasised the importance of having his regular No.7 back in the team this weekend.
“Broosky is key to what we do, so it’s good to have him back,” said Taylor.
“I thought Josh handled himself really well against Parramatta… so it was great experience for him and he’ll be better for that run down the track.
“But we’re looking forward to having Brooksy come back in and control the team.”
In addition to having the Club’s top try-creator back, Taylor also welcomes back strike centre Tim Simona from an injury suffered in Round 16 against the Penrith Panthers.
Simona will replace Delouise Hoeter in the centres, with Taylor believing the addition of the Samoan international will add some much-needed strike power on the edges.
“Tim is a key player,” he said. “He’s been instrumental for us.
“In the games we’ve played well in this year, he’s been in there causing problems on the edge of the field so I’m looking forward to him getting some of that going.
“Nathan Milone has also done a great job. He’s only had the couple of games but he’s been really solid defensively and we’re looking for more of that this week.”
See what JT had to say in full about this week’s team and opponents in the video above.