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Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks spoke to the media on Wednesday ahead of his side's Round 9 clash against the defending premiers Cronulla at Leichhardt Oval.

Speaking prior to confirmation that the Club had signed Bulldogs playmaker Josh Reynolds for the 2018 season, Brooks welcomed the arrival of his potential new future halves partner.

"He'll be good for the team," Brooks said.

"He brings a lot of energy and he's a really good player to play off.

"He's played Origin so he's got a lot of experience and I think he'll be good for my game."

"Signing Ben Matulino as well is another move that I think will be great for the Club," he said.

"He's a former international so I'm looking forward to him coming as well."

Having signed a new extension himself earlier in the season, Brooks said he had no thought other than remaining with Wests Tigers, having come through as a local junior.

"I love this Club," he said. "I think it would have been hard for me to go.

"I can definitely see a good future at this Club and I've got a lot of confidence in the Club and Ivan — he's been really good for me and I'm looking forward to working more with him."

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After producing a clutch moment to guide his team home against the Bulldogs last Sunday, Brooks said it was important to stay focused on this year, not season 2018 just yet.

"While there's lots of talk for next year, we've still got this year to worry about," he said.

"We need to just concentrate on footy, and keep doing that.

"No matter what happens and who goes, we're going to keep working hard.

"And keep winning, hopefully!"

"I think in the past, we probably wouldn't win those games," he admitted.

"It was tough and we held in there, even though we weren't playing our best footy.

"We ended up getting there with five minutes to go and that'll be great for the confidence.

"The key for us is to maintain that intensity during the week now at training.

"I think in the past after a win — I don't know if it's slacking off, but the concentration just wouldn't be there as much — so we've got to keep going and working on what we need to."

See what Luke had to say in full about Saturday's game in the video above!


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