Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks has tonight been awarded the Kelly-Barnes Award for the 2018 Wests Tigers Player of the Year.
Brooks was presented with the honour at the club's annual Presentation Night this evening, which was held in more than 500 guests at Curzon Hall.
The award capped off a superb season for the 23-year-old, which also saw him take home the NRL Players' Player Award as voted on by his teammates.
One of just two players to feature in every game for the club this year, Brooks was a standout in Ivan Cleary's side throughout 2018 — achieving career-high season totals in run metres, forced dropouts, offloads and more. He finished the year with five tries, 10 try assists and 15 linebreak assists to his name, as well as more than 5,000 kick metres.
With a 3-2-1 voting system from every game this year, Brooks was a clear winner ahead of Chris Lawrence and Corey Thompson (equal 2nd), while David Nofoaluma (4th), Michael Chee Kam and Esan Marsters (equal 5th) also polled well throughout the year.
Wests Tigers would like to congratulate Brooks on winning the 2018 Kelly-Barnes Award!
Luke Brooks reflects on Kelly-Barnes Award
PLAYER OF THE YEAR PREVIOUS WINNERS
2017 — Elijah Taylor
2016 — Mitchell Moses
2015 — James Tedesco
2014 — Aaron Woods
2013 — Liam Fulton
2012 — Aaron Woods
2011 — Gareth Ellis
2010 — Gareth Ellis
2009 — Gareth Ellis
WESTS TIGERS 2018 SEASON AWARDS
NRL Player of the Year (Kelly-Barnes Award) — Luke Brooks
NRL Players' Player of the Year — Luke Brooks
NRL Best New Talent — Esan Marsters
ISP Player of the Year — Luke Garner
ISP Players' Player — Patrice Siolo
Jersey Flegg Player of the Year — Ben Seufale
Jersey Flegg Players' Player — Alex Seyfarth
Community Achievement Award — Josh Aloiai
Woman of the Year — Professor Megan Davis
Club Person of the Year — Wade Healey
Life Member Inductees — Bryce Gibbs and Keith Galloway