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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


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



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

Acknowledgement of Country

National Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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