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Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks has tonight been awarded the Kelly-Barnes Award for the 2019 NRL Player of the Year.

Brooks was presented with the prestigious honour for the second year in a row as part of the club’s annual Presentation Night this evening at Le Montage.

The 24-year-old becomes the first player to win the club’s NRL Player of the Year Award in consecutive seasons since Gareth Ellis in 2010 and 2011.

2019 Kelly-Barnes Award Winner with Keith Barnes and Noel Kelly
2019 Kelly-Barnes Award Winner with Keith Barnes and Noel Kelly

After taking out the 2018 Dally M Halfback of the Year, Brooks continued his impressive form at club level in 2019 — registering career highs in try assists, offloads, tackles, kicking metres and running metres. The Holy Cross Rhinos junior was one of just four players to feature in every game for the club this season, the second year in a row in which he has played every match available for Wests Tigers.

Brooks narrowly took out the award ahead of Ryan Matterson, while Benji Marshall, David Nofoaluma and Alex Twal rounded out the top five in voting.

Brooks also finished as a finalist in the NRL Players’ Player of the Year Award, with fullback Corey Thompson taking out the award chosen by the players themselves.

Wests Tigers would like to congratulate Luke on his award tonight!


  • 2019 — Luke Brooks
  • 2018 — Luke Brooks
  • 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
  • 2008 — Chris Heighington
  • 2007 — Robbie Farah
  • 2006 — Robbie Farah
  • 2005 — Scott Prince and Brett Hodgson
  • 2004 — Brett Hodgson
  • 2003 — Anthony Laffranchi
  • 2002 — John Skandalis
  • 2001 — Ben Galea
  • 2000 — Tyran Smith
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