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Wests Tigers million-dollar running back Luke Brooks is set to join Manly by 2024, according to reports in the daily telegraph.
The Tele is reporting on a three-year deal for Brooks, who had previously turned down an extension with Wests.
One of the longest sagas in the NRL ends, with Tigers finally set to lose their flagship local junior after more than 200 games at the club.
The signing is a coup for Manly, who will play Brooks opposite his talisman Daly Cherry-Evans for the final two years of his career, as part of an all-star backbone alongside Tom Trbojevic and Lachlan Croker.
However, the experiment of playing Josh Schuster at five-eighths is likely to end, and the Samoan international is likely to return to his previous position in the back row, if he extends at the club.
There had been a lot of talk about Schuster going the other way to Brooks and joining the Tigers in a big-money deal, but yesterday it was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald that incoming coach Benji Marshall had rejected the move.
Manly and the Tigers have been busy together in the market of late. Tommy Talau is set to trade Concord for Brookvale in the coming days as the Sea Eagles look to use some of the extra salary cap they incurred from Trbojevic’s injury on NSW serve to bolster his outside backs.
Younger Latu Fainu, and potentially his brother Samuela, who has been in and out of first grade this year, are expected to go in the opposite direction as the Tigers look to the future.